OneDrive: synced files icons

Microsoft OneDrive cloud storage software is directly integrated into Windows 10. In addition, each Outlook or Hotmail account gives free access to 5GB of online storage on OneDrive. This will not allow ten years of photos or a lot of music to be stored there, but this space is sufficient to copy important documents like invoices, contracts, a CV, etc. However, there is a paid version to increase this storage space to 100GB or 1TB, for the monthly sum of 2 € or 7 € depending on the volume chosen. And there, no need to choose what to save since you can move all your personal files, including photos, videos, music, documents… The prices are to be discovered. here.

Get to know OneDrive with a explanation of the different icons that can be seen on the files.

OneDrive file icons explained

OneDrive tutorial blue cloud icon local online

The blue cloud icon on a file means the file is available in the OneDrive space but is not currently copied to the computer. If you need to open this file, you will need to be connected to the internet to download a copy of this file. Then, this document will be synchronized with OneDrive online but a copy will always be available on the computer, even in offline mode without being connected to the internet.

OneDrive tutorial icon v green local online

A file with a “green circle” badge was an “online only” file which has become a local copy on the PC because it has already been opened on this device.

OneDrive tutorial icon v green local online

The green disk icon with a “v” inside means that the file is set to the “Always keep on this device” option: thus, these files are downloaded to the computer or smartphone even if they have never been opened and never will be. This is the most disk-intensive option on the device that is connected to OneDrive. In return, this brings a completely offline mode since it will not be necessary to have an internet connection to open this file for the first time.