Turn on Auto Save

To enable Auto Save, do the following.

  1. Right Click on the Blue Cloud at the far right of the task bar.
  2. A menu pops up, click on Settings
  3. When the Settings window pops up, Click on the Settings Tab
  4. Check that your settings look like above, if Files On-Demand is unchecked, check it.
  5. Now Click on the Auto Save Tab

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Set up folder protection

  1. If you're prompted to protect your important folders (Desktop, Documents, and Pictures), click the prompt to start the folder protection wizard.

    If you didn't see the prompt or you already closed the wizard, select the white or blue cloud icon in the Windows notification area, and then in the activity center, select More > Settings > Auto Save > Update folders.

  2. In the Set up protection of important folders dialog box, make sure the folders that you want to protect are selected.

    Screenshot of the Set up protection of important folders dialog box in OneDrive

  3. Select Start protection.

  4. You can close the dialog box while your files sync to OneDrive. Or, to watch your files sync, select View upload progress. If you already closed the dialog box, select the white or blue cloud in the notification area to open the OneDrive activity center.

When the files finish syncing to OneDrive, they're protected and you can access them from anywhere in Documents, Desktop, or Pictures. When you protect your Desktop folder, the items on your desktop roam with you to your other PC desktops where you're running OneDrive.

You can protect up to 5 GB of files in OneDrive for free, or up to 1 TB with an Office 365 subscription.

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Change folder protection settings

If want to stop protecting or start protecting an important folder in OneDrive, you can update your folders in OneDrive Settings.

Important: When you stop protecting a folder, the files that were already protected by OneDrive stay in OneDrive. If you no longer want those files in OneDrive, you'll need to move them to a local folder on your PC yourself. Any new files you add to that folder on your PC won't be protected by OneDrive.

  1. Open OneDrive Settings (select the white or blue cloud icon in your notification area, and then select More > Settings.)

    Screenshot of getting to OneDrive Settings

  2. In Settings, select Auto Save > Update folders.

  3. To stop protecting a folder, select Stop protecting and then confirm that you want to stop protection in the Turn off protection dialog box.

    Screenshot of when you stop protecting folders in OneDrive

  4. To start protecting a folder, select any folder that doesn't say Files protected, and then select Start protection.

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Fix problems with folder protection


Here are a list of errors you might see when you set up folder protection and how to resolve them:

  • The following file types can't be protected: Outlook database files (.pst) and OneNote files that aren't already stored in OneDrive (.one, .onepkg, .onetoc, .onetoc2). To continue protecting the folder, move your OneNote notebooks to OneDrive or remove these items from the folder you want to protect, and then try again.