How to sync your Downloads, Desktop, and other user folders via Dropbox or OneDrive on Windows 10

I have multiple Windows PCs and like a lot of people, I use my Desktop as a big temp folder. Downloads is also a disaster of miscellaneous files. Plus, it didn’t make sense to keep downloading and installing similar programs across multiple PCs.

There’s an easy way to fix this. You can use OneDrive, Dropbox, or any other cloud sync service of your choice that creates a sync folder on your PC.

  1. Take all the files currently on your Desktop and move them into a new folder in your OneDrive or Dropbox account called “Desktop”.
  2. Open an Explorer window and right-click on the Desktop folder.
  3. Select the “Location” tab and click “Move…”
  4. Select your new sync-located Desktop folder and hit OK.
  5. It’ll ask if you want to move files, but you already did that, so just hit “OK”.

That’s it. You can repeat with your Downloads folder, Pictures, Documents, etc. Windows 10 has options of where to store your Pictures and Documents, but favors OneDrive. This option lets you use your cloud service of choice.

Be careful to move the files first. It says it’ll do it for you, but if you have a folder with some files in one spot and a different set of files in the other, hitting “OK” on that initial “Move” option will delete files in one of the two locations. Best to just handle that manually in advance.


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