How to Filter Out Files with Certain Extensions from OneDrive Sync in Windows 11

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The article guides on excluding specific file types from backup while using OneDrive in Windows 11. Apart from syncing files and folders to Microsoft Cloud, OneDrive allows the exclusion of certain files from backup to save storage and increase efficiency. The detailed process involves steps within the settings of the OneDrive app.

This article explains excluding files based on extension types when backing up with OneDrive in Windows 11.

The OneDrive app lets you sync files and folders on your computer with Microsoft Cloud. It allows you to access them anywhere on your mobile devices and other computers using the service.

You can automatically back up your essential folders (your Desktop, Documents, and Pictures folders) on your device with the OneDrive app.

While setting up a OneDrive process to back up your important files, you can exclude specific files based on extension types so they are not backed up to the OneDrive cloud.

You may want to exclude certain files from backup because they are unnecessary and take up valuable storage space. Additionally, backing up these files could slow the backup process and make it less efficient.

By excluding them, you ensure that your backups focus on the most essential data while saving time and resources.

Exclude certain file types from backing up with OneDrive

As mentioned, you can set up the OneDrive app to sync files and folders on your computer with Microsoft Cloud.

While backing up your files in OneDrive, you can exclude certain necessary files based on extension types.

Here’s how to do that.

First, open the OneDrive settings pane. You can access the Settings page by clicking the OneDrive icon on the Taskbar (Taskbar overflow) and selecting the gear -> Settings on the context menu.

OneDrive Settings button

One can also access OneDrive settings by going to the OneDrive folder in Windows File Explorer. Then, on the top right menu bar, expand the OneDrive button and select the Settings gear.

OneDrive File Explorer menu button

When the OneDrive settings pane opens, select Sync and backup on the left menu.

Exclude files from OneDrive in Windows 11

On the right, below Preferences, click the Advanced settings link to expand it.

Exclude files from OneDrive in Windows 11

Next, click on the Exclude button under Excluded file extensions.

Exclude files from OneDrive in Windows 11

On the pop-up window, type in an extension of the file type you want to exclude from backing up to OneDrive.

Ex. png

Click the Exclude button to add the file. Do this for each file type you want to exclude from backing up to the OneDrive cloud.

Exclude files from OneDrive in Windows 11

Save your changes and exit the OneDrive app.

That should do it!

Conclusion:

This post showed you how to exclude certain file types from backing up with OneDrive in Windows 11. If you find any errors above or have something to add, please use the comments form below.

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