Stop syncing a library with the OneDrive for Business app

If you’ve synced OneDrive for Business or a SharePoint site library to folders on your computer, you can stop syncing these folders at any time. When you stop syncing a folder, you disconnect the folder on your computer from the library on the server. You can always sync the library to your computer again.

Why stop syncing a library?

Usually, you stop syncing when you no longer need to sync updates between the folder and the library on the server, or because you’ve completed a project. If something goes wrong with the connection between the folder and the library on the server, you can often fix the problem by stopping the current sync relationship, and start syncing the library again, as if for the first time.
Note:  If you’re having sync problems, you can also run Repair. Repair disconnects and reconnects all libraries you’re currently syncing.
You can also pause syncing a folder. This allows you to temporarily stop syncing a folder without disconnecting it from the library on the server. You might pause syncing if you don’t want to use your system resources for syncing at the present time. You can resume syncing at any time.

Syncing a OneDrive for Business library is a function of Windows and the OneDrive for Business app, and is specific to your computer. You can only pause and stop syncing from your local computer, not from the online app.
Once you've stopped syncing a set of files, you can delete them from either your local computer, or from OneDrive for Business. If you delete a file from OneDrive for Business online, and then sync again, that file will be deleted from your local computer.
You can stop syncing a library, but not individual files or folders under that library.
Learn more about syncing libraries on OneDrive for Business here.


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Microsoft Releases New Office Extension For Google Chrome

By Pradeep @pradeepviswav as written on
Microsoft Office team today released a new Google Chrome extension that lets you create and open Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote and Sway documents using Office Online right from the Chrome browser. You can also use the extension to open and view existing Office documents stored on OneDrive, on OneDrive for Business and on your computer right from Chrome.
The quickest way to view, edit, and create Office files in your browser.
Built for Chrome – Use Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote, and Sway Online without needing Office installed.
Create with confidence – Use familiar formatting and layout options to express your ideas in full fidelity.
Work on the go – Get to your files from anywhere, thanks to integration with OneDrive and OneDrive for Business.

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I sync therefore I am…

By Jason Moore - September 30, 2015 as written on
Today we’re releasing a preview of our new OneDrive for Business sync client for organizations and we wanted to share what this means for users and IT administrators alike. Based on your feedback, we’ve focused our innovation in three key areas: improving sync reliability, enriching the user experience and delivering greater IT control.

Improving sync reliability

We talk about this as a ”new” client but it’s actually built on the well-proven sync client from our OneDrive consumer service, which is run by millions of people every day. We have added necessary functionality for the client to connect to and sync files from OneDrive for Business. We’ve taught it to speak both OneDrive for Business and OneDrive consumer protocols. It’s now smart about using Azure Active Directory credentials to connect to OneDrive for Business in addition to the Microsoft account it supports today for the OneDrive consumer service. Additionally, the new sync client provides clearer, simpler messages and guidance if the odd sync anomaly arises.

Enriching the user experience

Whether you are a new or existing OneDrive user, setup is quick and easy. New users can simply download and install the client to their PC or Mac. If you already sync your personal files, then all you have to do is add a OneDrive for Business account via Settings. If you already sync your OneDrive for Business files, the new client will simply take over the syncing functions on the device maintaining your settings and use the existing sync folder – there’s no need to re-sync, saving you time and IT a bandwidth headache.
Selective sync is a key feature in the new client (and your most requested one), allowing you to choose which folders to sync to your device. Better yet, it’s specific to each of your devices so that you can optimize based on how you use each device and its local storage constraints.

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Delivering greater IT control

Many IT organizations want to be able to deploy the client to large numbers of devices on behalf of their users. The new client offers IT administrators silent deployment options using a much smaller installation package (~10 MB), easing network constraints and speeding installation. Additionally, IT administrators are able to block sync for the OneDrive consumer service as well as set the default sync folder location, which can be set to local or removable media.
Updates to the new sync client will occur independently of Office and Windows updates and furthermore there is no need for users to have local administrative privileges for installation and updates. While existing file quantity and size limits remain unchanged for the preview, when we release this broadly we will remove the 20,000-file sync limit for OneDrive for Business and increase the individual file size limit from 2 GB to 10 GB – which is again based on your feedback.

Getting started

We want to give every customer a great experience, so we’re rolling out our preview in stages to manage high demand and to make sure that the set-up experience is smooth and reliable. We’ve established a waitlist website where you can reserve a place for your organization. Once it’s ready, we’ll send you a notification email with all the instructions on where to download it and how to set it up. The preview is available for both Mac (OS X 10.9 and later) and PC (Windows 7, 8 and 10, with support for Windows 8.1 being added in Q1 2016).
The sync client is just one of many enhancements we’re releasing today. Read about all of them here. We’re just getting started so stay tuned for more announcements soon on our continued innovation with OneDrive for Business!


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WEBINAR: 10 Ways to Work More Efficiently With OneDrive for Business

365 Ninja is hosting their first webinar in the 365NinjaLIVE series. This 60-minute webinar is on increasing efficiency and productivity in OneDrive for Business. For organizations using Office 365, OneDrive for Business is an essential element for a cloud-first, mobile-first workforce. They'll cover best practices and tips & tricks for both end users and admins around syncing, sharing, co-authoring, and more.
WEBINAR DATE: Wednesday, August 19th at 1 PM Eastern time
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