How To Free Up Disk Space In Windows 10 Using OneDrive Files On-Demand?

In How to
The Windows
10 Fall Creators Update arrived with many handy features. And one FCU feature can
help you free up disk space on your hard drive using the power of
the cloud. It’s known as OneDrive Files On-Demand.

What is OneDrive Files On-Demand?

If you’re running the Fall Creators Update on your Windows 10
PC, you can edit your files – stored in your OneDrive cloud
storage – on your computer without downloading them
permanently. It can be done using OneDrive Files On-Demand.
This facility can help you free up disk space on your
computer which you can use to store other things if you want.

The files on your OneDrive which you have marked “online-only”
are downloaded when you want to edit them. For instance, when
you want to make changes to your Powerpoint presentation. After
you have done the editing, the version of the file on OneDrive
is replaced with the new one.

How to use OneDrive Files On Demand?

You should set up OneDrive on your device in advance to turn on
the feature. To sign-in, open the OneDrive app from the Start
Menu and follow the setup.

onedrive setup screen

Next, follow the steps mentioned below to enable Files
On-Demand on Windows 10 FCU:

  1. Right-click the OneDrive icon in the Notifications area.
  2. Go to Settings from the drop-down
    turn on onedrive files on-demand windows 10
  3. Under the Settings tab, tick the checkbox that says
    Save space and download files as you use
    ” to turn on the feature and free up disk space on
    your machine.
    open one drive settings
  4. Click Ok to save and continue.

After you enable the feature, you can see it working in File
Explorer > OneDrive folder. A cloud status icon gets
attached to the files and folders which are online-only. You
can disable the on-demand feature by following the same steps.

To mark a file or folder as online-only, go the OneDrive
folder, right-click the file and click “Free Up Space” in the
context menu.

onedrive files on-demand free up space


The files you’ve created online or on other devices are
online-only by default. If you want a file to be
available offline on your current device, click “Always
keep on this device” option.

onedrive files on-demand status

One thing to keep in mind is that turning on OneDrive Files
On-Demand for one Windows 10 PC won’t enable it across all of
your devices. These settings are tied individually to your

Also, I won’t recommend you to use the Files on-demand feature
if your internet bandwidth is limited as any change you make to
the online-only files would cost you valuable data. As
an alternative, you can check out Google’s Backup & Sync tool which
automatically syncs the folders on your hard drive.

Use the OneDrive feature to free up hard drive on your Windows
10 PC and share your experience in the comments.

Also Read: What Is Power Throttling In Windows 10? How To
Enable It And Improve Battery Life?

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