Can’t Move OneDrive Shortcuts

How to Fix Can’t Move OneDrive Shortcuts

When you click “Add shortcut to my files” in OneDrive, the tool automatically creates a shortcut directly to the root of your OneDrive folder. But when you try to move this shortcut to another location, sometimes you may get an error message that OneDrive cannot do this. Let’s find out what you can do to fix the problem.

How to Fix Can’t Move OneDrive Shortcuts

1- Check if the shortcut target has been deleted

This error message usually indicates that the shortcut target is no longer available. You may have deleted it or the personal file is no longer shared with you. Open a new browser tab, log in to your OneDrive account, and simply delete the problematic shortcut. After a few minutes, File Explorer should automatically delete the shortcut.

1- Unlink Your PC

Try unpairing your PC and checking if you see any improvement.

  • Click on your OneDrive taskbar icon and go to Settings.
  • Then click on the Account tab.
  • Select Unlink this PC, then click Unlink Account.
  • Wait a minute, then reconnect your PC.

2- Update Onedrive

Update your app to the latest version. Running an older version of the OneDrive app can cause all kinds of problems, including this shortcut error that we cover in this quick guide.

Go to OneDrive Settings, click on the About tab, and check the version of the app you are using.

Then visit the official OneDrive webpage and see if a new version is available. If so, click Download OneDrive for Windows to update your app.

3- Reset Onedrive

If the problem persists, try resetting the app.

  • Press the Windows and R keys to open a new Run window.
  • Paste the following command in the Run window: %localappdata%\Microsoft\OneDrive\onedrive.exe /reset.
  • Restart the app and check if the error persists.

By the way, if you get an error message that Windows cannot find the path you specified, run the following command:

  • C:\Program Files\Microsoft OneDrive\onedrive.exe /reset
  • C:\Program Files (x86)\Microsoft OneDrive\onedrive.exe /reset


Suppose you cannot move your OneDrive shortcut. If so, this may indicate that the shortcut target has been removed or is no longer shared with you. Try unpairing your PC and updating the app. Also, reset OneDrive. If the problem persists, open the OneDrive web app and remove the shortcut.

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