How To Save Disk Space Using One-Drive Files On-Demand

Are you a Windows 10 user and you desire to save disk space on your PC? If you are, am sure you’d desire to. Everyone wants to! Ok then, Microsoft’s One-Drive Files On-Demand is Window’s answer to people like you.

OneDrive Files On-Demand helps you access all your files in OneDrive without having to download all of them and use storage space on your device.

When you turn on Files On-Demand, you’ll see all your files in File Explorer and get new information about each file. New files created online or on another device appear as online-only files, which don’t take up space on your device. When you’re connected to the Internet, you’ll be able to use the files like every other file on your device.

With One-Drive, you can easily tell which files are available online only or offline. Online-only files download on demand with a double-click, and you can make them online only again to free up space – or, you can select files to always be available offline.

Having said all these, how do you enable One-Drive Files on Demand? Let me guide you through the simple steps;

  • Step 1: Sign in to to your One-Drive account
  • Step 2: Right-click the OneDrive cloud icon in the notification area, at the far right of the taskbar
  • Step 3: Select Settings – or, select Start, and search for OneDrive.
  • Step 4: On the Settings tab, select the Save space and download files as you use them box.

You can also make a file online-only to save space, and make a file always available offline so it’s always with you.

  • To achieve that, Simply Right-click a file or folder, and select Always keep on this device or Free up space.


Microsoft was founded by Paul Allen and Bill Gates on April 4, 1975. The American multinational technology company develops, manufactures, licenses, supports and sells computer software, consumer electronics and personal computers and services.

Microsoft OneDrive is a file host service of Microsoft, which is a part of its suite of online services. The service simply allows users to store files as well as other personal data like Windows settings or recovery keys in the cloud. Files can be synced to a PC and thereafter accessed from a web browser or a mobile device, as well as shared publicly or with specific people. OneDrive offers 5 GB of storage space free of charge to users, while additional storage can be added either separately or through subscriptions to other Microsoft services.



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