How to disable OneDrive sync status icon in File Explorer on Windows 10

On Windows 10, File Explorer shows an icon in the folders stored in OneDrive to let you know the sync status of the content when using Files On-Demand.

Although it’s a useful feature to have to quickly see if the files are still syncing, available only online or offline, it’s not a feature for everyone, which is the reason why, starting with Windows 10 version 1803, File Explorer includes a new option to disable the OneDrive icon status.

In this guide, you’ll learn the easy steps to disable the status icon for OneDrive folders on Windows 10.

How to disable OneDrive sync status icon in File Explorer

To disable the availability status icon from the navigation page of File Explorer, do the following:

  1. Open File Explorer.

  2. Click on the View tab.

  3. Click on the Options button.

    Options on File Explorer

  4. In “Folder Options,” click the View tab.

  5. Under the “Navigation pane,” clear the Always show availability status option.

    Always show availability status option

  6. Click Apply.

  7. Click OK.

Once you’ve completed the steps, the navigation page will no longer show the OneDrive status icon on folders. However, you’ll continue to see availability status icons inside the OneDrive folder.

Navigation pane with OneDrive status (left), Navigation pane without OneDrive status (right)

If the option isn’t available in the File Options page, it’s likely because you’re not running Windows 10 version 1803 or later. The next major release of Windows 10 is expected to become available in spring 2018.