By Delia / Last update April 6, 2022


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You need to sync Desktop to OneDrive

Most computer users would like to put commonly used folders on Desktop. To keep the Desktop data safe and easy to access, more and more people would like to sync Desktop to OneDrive or other cloud storage like Google Drive, Amazon Drive, etc.

You can easily access the data on the Desktop from other devices if you sync it to OneDrive. For example, you did not finish your work and you want to continue it at home. If you sync your work to OneDrive, you can be free from troubles of saving your files/folder to a USB flash drive before you leave the office and taking the drive home.

Besides easy access, syncing Desktop with OneDrive can be used as a way of backup. It is one of the best ways to keep your data safe. If your data is mistakenly deleted, you can use it as data recovery plan.

Sync Desktop in Windows 10/8/7 with OneDrive folder

OneDrive comes with Windows 10/8. For Windows 7 users, you have to download and install it. Sign up with a Microsoft account.

To sync Desktop with OneDrive, the easiest way is to drag and drop the Desktop folder to OneDrive folder. The path of Desktop: C drive > User > your username > Desktop.

However, it would be troublesome to drag and drop files every time there are new files added. To sync Desktop to OneDrive automatically, you can set your Desktop folder location on your PC to be your OneDrive location, so everything saved in this folder will be synchronized with the cloud. Here's how to do it.

1. Go to the OneDrive folder and create a new folder named “Desktop”.

2. Find the Desktop folder in C drive and right click it. Then select Properties.

3. Now a new window called “Desktop Properties” opens with several tabs. Select the Location tab. Then choose Move.

4. In the box that appears, double-click OneDrive, select the Desktop folder inside, and then choose Select Folder when it's highlighted.

Select Folder

5. Click Apply in the Desktop Properties window. Then, select Yes to confirm that you want to move the Desktop folder to OneDrive.


Simple as it looks like, syncing files and folders in Windows 10/8/7 with OneDrive folder has some limitations. Not all folders can be set up to be automatically synchronized to OneDrive. You can only sync default user folder with automatic sync. For some folder, like Program Files, you have to sync it manually.

If you are looking for a better way to sync Desktop and other folders to OneDrive for business or personal use, you’d better use professional OneDrive sync tool.

Automatically sync all folders to OneDrive with AOMEI Backupper

OneDrive sync tool for Desktop

AOMEI Backupper Standard is free data transfer software that comes with File Sync feature.

  • It allows you to sync files and folders to different locations, such as USB flash drive, NAS, external hard drive, network, cloud drives, etc.

  • You can enable “Schedule” to automatically sync all files and folders to OneDrive. With this feature, you can spare time and efforts spent in manually syncing Desktop with OneDrive.

  • This software can be applied to not only Windows 10, but also Windows 8.1/8/7/Visa/XP.

What’s more, AOMEI Backupper Standard uses the default option “Run missed sync at the next system startup” after you set up Schedule settings. In this case, you do not have to worry that the newly added files or folders cannot be synced.

How to sync Desktop to OneDrive automatically in Windows 10/8/7?

► Preparations: sign in to the OneDrive account and download AOMEI Backupper, install it.

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Step 1. Open AOMEI Backupper, and choose Basic Sync under the Sync tab.

File Sync

Step 2. Click Add Folder to select the Desktop folder you want to sync.

Add Folder

Tips: The paid version has Filter settings which allow you to exclude or include certain types of files. If there is a need, you can upgrade to AOMEI Backupper Pro edition.

Step 3. Then click the drop-down menu and choose Select a cloud drive. Then choose OneDrive as the destination path.

Select a Cloud Drive

Select OneDrive

Step 4. At the bottom of File Sync interface, click Schedule to setup automatic sync for Desktop based on three modes: Daily, Weekly, or Monthly. Then click OK.

Schedule Settings

Also, you can click Options to write a unique comment for this sync task to distinguish it from others. Enable email notification to notify you after the operation is finished.

Sync Settings

Step 5. After all above steps finish, click Start Sync > Add the schedule and start sync now to sync Desktop to OneDrive for the first time.

Start Sync Desktop to Onedrive


Syncing Desktop to OneDrive is really a good way to keep your data safe. With the help of AOMEI Backupper, you can make this process much easier.

AOMEI Backupper is also a fantastic backup and restore tool. You can create a system image to OneDrive as a disaster recovery plan. The professional edition allows you to restore to dissimilar hardware, which cannot be completed with Windows built-in tool. Why not give it a shot?