OneDrive Not Showing in File Explorer

OneDrive Not Showing in File Explorer on Windows 11

OneDrive Not Showing in File Explorer on Windows 11- OneDrive, Microsoft’s cloud storage solution, seamlessly integrates with Windows 11. However, users occasionally encounter an issue where OneDrive fails to appear in File Explorer. In this blog post, we’ll explore common reasons behind this problem and provide step-by-step solutions to restore OneDrive visibility.

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Why OneDrive Not Showing in File Explorer

Before we delve into the solutions, let’s understand why OneDrive might not show up:

  1. Sync Settings: OneDrive sync settings determine which folders are accessible via File Explorer.
  2. Registry or Group Policy: Incorrect registry entries or group policies can impact OneDrive visibility.
  3. Software Conflicts: Antivirus software or third-party applications may interfere with OneDrive integration.

Step OneDrive Not Showing in File Explorer on Windows 11

1- Reset OneDrive Client

  • Open Run (Win + R) and enter %localappdata%\Microsoft\OneDrive\onedrive.exe /reset.
  • Wait for at least 2 minutes. If OneDrive doesn’t open automatically, launch it manually.
  • Alternatively, execute %localappdata%\Microsoft\OneDrive\onedrive.exe from Run.
  • If this doesn’t help, proceed to the next step.

2- Fully Uninstall and Reinstall OneDrive

  • Open Command Prompt as an administrator.
  • Terminate any OneDrive processes using taskkill /f /im OneDrive.exe.
  • Uninstall OneDrive:
    • For 32-bit Windows 11: %SystemRoot%\System32\OneDriveSetup.exe /uninstall
    • For 64-bit Windows 11: %SystemRoot%\SysWOW64\OneDriveSetup.exe /uninstall
  • In the Registry Editor (RegEdit):
    • Navigate to HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\OneDrive.
    • Remove folders with OneDrive numeric versions.
    • Delete folders inside the Account directory.
  • Restart your PC and install the latest OneDrive version from .

3- Whitelist OneDrive in Windows Defender Firewall

  • Open File Explorer and search for “Microsoft OneDrive.”
  • Click on the specific folder or file you want to whitelist.
  • Add it to Windows Defender Firewall exceptions.
  • Verify if OneDrive sync issues are resolved.

4- Set OneDrive as the Default Opening Location

  • Launch File Explorer from the taskbar.
  • Click the three-dot button on the toolbar and select Options.
  • In the General tab, choose Home (default)This PC, or your OneDrive folder (ensure you’re logged in to OneDrive).

5- Check Group Policies

  • Press Win + R and enter gpedit.msc.
  • Navigate to Computer Configuration > Administrative Templates > Windows Components > OneDrive.
  • Double-click Prevent the usage of OneDrive for file storage and configure it accordingly.


By following these steps, you can troubleshoot and restore OneDrive visibility in File Explorer on Windows 11. Remember that OneDrive integration depends on proper settings, registry entries, and software compatibility. Share this guide with others to ensure a seamless experience with OneDrive. 


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