Windows 10 – How to Customize Sync Settings with OneDrive

We have already covered few topics on OneDrive till now. Today we will show you how to synchronize and backup your settings using the OneDrive in Windows 10. In the latest versions of Windows apart from the synchronization settings, you will be able to take the backup of your settings. After synchronizing your Windows settings, you can access them manually at any time. The best part is that when you sign into your computer with your Microsoft Account then you will be able to sync the Windows settings and will be able to handle them from another computer using Windows 10 with the help of OneDrive. To get these facilities, you need to sign into Windows 10 with your Microsoft Account. Now lets’ delve into the main topic.

To get Sync settings article read 

How to Configure Sync your Settings in Windows 10


How to Get Synchronization Settings in Windows 10

  • Get into the PC Settings from getting into the Start Menu.
Settings symbol in the Start Menu
  • Look for the OneDrive and click to open it.
onedrive option on pc settings app
  • On the OneDrive list click on Sync Settings.
sync settings option in onedrive
  • The right pane of the Sync Settings window will have numerous settings with a slider provided with each setting.
different settings options in sync settings

Synchronization Features in Windows 10

Sync Settings with OneDrive

The first section of Sync Settings is the Sync settings with OneDrive. Here, if you turn on the slider and keep it on then you will be able to sync your PC settings over all the devices using OneDrive in Windows 10. In case you wish to turn it off just move the slider to the other side and you will not be able to make a sync of your PC settings anymore.

sync settings in onedrive

Personalization Settings

Under Personalization settings, you will notice three options. They are Start Screen, Appearance, and Desktop Personalization. The choice of the settings totally depends on you.

Start Screen

When this option is turned on you will be able to sync the settings of your Start Screen tiles and the tile layout.


From the name itself, you will understand what this option will sync when selected. All the settings related to the appearance of your PC like the colors, background, lock screen and account picture will be synced.

Desktop Personalization

All the personalization settings that you had set for your Desktop like your themes, taskbar settings, high contrast and much more will be synced after you turn on the slider.

All the personalization settings

App Settings

The App Settings section will allow you to sync the applications that you have downloaded and installed on your PC from Windows Store.


As mentioned above this setting when switched on will sync all the applications that you have installed from your Windows Store.

App Data

The settings and purchases within your installed apps will also be synced with this option.

Windows 10 - How to Customize Sync Settings with OneDrive

Other Settings

The other settings will let you get access to the rest of the settings of your PC. Let’s see what are they.

Web Browser

The settings you have done to your web browser will be synced. All your settings related to your favorites, history, settings, home pages, open tabs will be synced with this option.


All the login information of your HomeGroup, apps, websites, and networks will get synced.

Languages and Preferences

Under this option, settings like keyboards, input methods, display language, personal dictionary, etc will get sync.

Ease of Access

The settings of narrator, magnifier, high contrast, mouse settings, keyboard and other options are there which can get synced.

Other Windows Settings

Settings related to File Explorer, mouse printers, etc comes under this option.

other windows settings in onedrive

Backup Settings

The last section of the Sync Settings is the Backup Settings. This option lets you take the backup of all the selected settings so that you can handle them later on whenever needed. By turning on the backup settings, you will be restored the settings to your computer. If you omit some PC settings from syncing still you can take its backup.



This is simply an awesome thing for OneDrive. You can get all your important settings of your computer sitting far away from your home. I am waiting for all your reactions to this article and also about this feature. Please take the proper and correct advantage of the technology. We are sure to reach the heights one day! All the best!!

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Topics:  Windows 10
About Sunita
Love to play with Windows 11 and 10. Suggestion - Going for Registry change or system files edit then remember to take a backup or create a restore point before Starting.

  1. Hello Tom, This the article of the time when the initial build was pushed. Read the latest one – How to Configure Sync your Settings in Windows 10

  2. I’m using the latest updated Windows 10 Home. I’m trying to stop OneDrive from syncing when I’m on my metered connection, but the setting you show in this article just don’t exist on my menus. Does this ability only work on a certain version? I can set my portable connection to show as metered, but there are no settings to include OneDrive.

  3. Alan Symonds


    This should be fun. To start with my email sent did not and then I was told mail sent to me was pinging back. This happened just after the Nov update. Set up a new email a/c but that went the same way. Get messages saying my mail a/cs are out of date and messages saying I am running win 10 but an earlier version. I am asked for my password and then told it is not recognised. I would like to strangle the programmer but apparently you can’t talk to MS although I have their.

  4. David Moskovitz


    works very nicely

  5. Herbert Eplee


    Trying to synchronize windows 10

  6. Why doesn’t my mailbox sync. Also, people on m/s 10 have problems in listing address.

  7. Nancy VandenPlas


    Do I have to have Microsoft Office if I only want OneDrive and the other one??

  8. I posted before but I guess it didn’t go thru. Here goes again.
    My Windows 10 shuts down about every 5 or so minutes and that is not long enough to download or upload items that need to have these done to them. As a result, I have to return back to my laptop about every 5 minutes and either touch the space bar or enter key to keep the machine on. How can I adjust the setting to keep the computer on while downloading?

  9. larry olufayo


    Every time I open my PC always asks for Microsoft account password. This is causing problems and issues for the family. Please, could I get on without account password or remove it totally I do not need it.

  10. No, Not till now.

  11. cant customize my favorites bar with my folders in EDGE like internet explorer, Norton isn’t isn’t 100% compatable

  12. Windows 10 on my SP2 looks nothing like this. Trying to find setting for OneDrive because I can’t get my documents to sync. But, in settings I have no OneDrive option. Am I missing something?

  13. Where is the start menu on Windows 10?

  14. I hope this all works