Microsoft’s new OneDrive Files On-Demand feature of Windows 10 Fall Creators Update allows you to free up disk space by showing you all of your OneDrive files in File Explorer whether they’re stored on your PC or in the cloud. Now, you can open the files you have stored in the cloud in a similar way you open locally stored files. In this article, we’ll let you know how to use OneDrive Files On Demand feature on Windows 10 Fall Creators Update. Read on.
Use OneDrive Files On Demand Feature
Once you’ve upgraded to Fall Creators Update, the OneDrive Files On-Demand feature should be enabled by default. In case the feature is not enabled, you can turn it on by launching OneDrive. After that, you can click on its double-cloud icon in the taskbar in the lower-right of your device’s screen and then select the Settings menu.
On the Settings tab, you can see the Files On-Demand section and make sure the Save space and download files as you use them option is checked to enable the feature.
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Decoding the Status Icons
Though it’s a simple process to use OneDrive Files On-Demand feature, there are a few things you need to know. After enabling the feature, you’ll notice that browsing your files in File Explorer now get a new status badge at the bottom-left side of your system. These badges allow you to know whether files and folders are available only online or offline.
In File Explorer, you’ll get three different icons for OneDrive files in the Status column. They are:
White cloud with blue borders icon
Shows that the file is only available once you’re connected to the Web and it’s not using local storage. You’ll need to double-click on the file to complete the downloading process and open with an application.
Solid green with white check mark icon
You’ll get this badge only on files that you’ve marked as Always keep on this device, and they also use local storage space.
White icon with green borders and check mark icon
Shows that the files are available offline. You can open them without an Internet connection and they’re taking up local storage space.
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How to Download a File
Simply opening an online-only file will download it. It will get the green checkmark indicating that files are synced to a device. To turn it into an always-available white checkmark file, you can right-click on it and select Always keep on this device.
How to Upload a File
To send a local file to the cloud, you can right-click on it and select Free up space. This works for either type of locally stored file with white and green checkmarks alike.
So this was all about how to use OneDrive Files On Demand feature on Windows 10 Fall Creators Update.