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OneDrive can now automatically backup your PC’s documents, pictures, and desktop folders

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A great new addition for Windows 10 users


Microsoft is rolling out a new folder protection feature for OneDrive. Folder protection will offer to automatically sync your documents, pictures, and desktop folders to OneDrive to ensure a PC’s important folders are backed up to Microsoft’s cloud service. If you use multiple Windows 10 PCs then OneDrive will automatically keep all these folders in sync, which is particularly useful if you’re fond of dropping important documents onto your desktop.

Microsoft first started making this OneDrive folder protection feature available to business users back in June, but it’s now making its way to all regular OneDrive users. “This is a new feature we started rolling out broadly this week that is now available to OneDrive users with personal accounts,” says a Microsoft spokesperson in a statement to The Verge. “It makes it easier to move content into OneDrive, have access to all your important files on all your devices, and keep more files protected with features like ransomware detection & recovery.”

You can enable the folder protection feature by going into OneDrive settings on Windows 10 and navigating to the Auto Save tab and hitting the update folders button under protect your important folders. The process will automatically add your documents, pictures, and desktop folders to OneDrive and keep them synced. Microsoft has a number of limitations for OneDrive protected folders (including no Outlook PST files or OneNote files), but for most Windows users this is a welcome new feature that will make it far more easier to sync important folders.