OneDrive (formerly, SkyDrive) is one of the best cloud storages out there, which offers so many free storage. Anybody having a Windows Live account can use OneDrive. Moreover, if you have Windows 10 in your machine, you can use it right from your Start Menu as well as File Explorer sidebar.
OneDrive is a highly secure cloud storage, which helps users to store photos, documents or any other file. The best thing is the web version of OneDrive has a beautiful user interface with so many features.
However, if you are a Windows 10 user, you can upload files to OneDrive and download from OneDrive easily. You do not have to install the app since it comes with it. You can search for OneDrive using taskbar search box or Cortana or find it through the Start Menu. On the other hand, an OneDrive button is pinned in your Sidebar of File Explorer.
In your left hand side, you will get four buttons i.e. Quick Access, This PC, OneDrive and Network. For them, who use OneDrive a lot or as a primary cloud storage app for cloud computing, this OneDrive button is really helpful. You can use Drag & Drop to upload files to OneDrive.
However, if you do not use OneDrive and do use other cloud storage like Google Drive, Dropbox etc. this button is nothing but a waste of space. When you are not using this OneDrive button, you can simply remove that within moments. You do not have to install any third party software to get things done.
Windows comes with Registry Editor and you can use this tool to remove OneDrive icon from Windows 10 sidebar or File Explorer’s sidebar. Here is how to do it.
Remove OneDrive Icon from Windows 10 Sidebar
Precaution: Before doing anything using Registry Editor, this is recommended to create backup of Registry files and create a system restore point. In case, anything goes wrong, you can get your previous windows back.
After doing all those things, head over to these following steps.
At first, open Registry Editor. To do so, just press Win + R, type regedit and hit enter. Alternatively, you can search for regedit in the taskbar search box or Cortana search box.
Now, navigate through the following path,
Quick Tips: Digits those comes at the end of the aforementioned path, comes as 0-1 order. That means, at first it starts with 00, then 01 and so forth.
Here you will get three keys on your right hand side. One of them should be System.IsPinnedToNameSpaceTree. Just double click on that key. By default, the value is set to 1. You just have to set it to 0.
Then, click the Ok button.
Right after that, your OneDrive button should be vanished immediately. No restart or sign-out is required to get the change. However, some users have claimed that they had to restart their PC to remove the button.