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Remove Pesky Microsoft OneDrive links in File Explorer and Word / Excel

posted Jul 24, 2016, 1:47 PM by Brian Mattingly
Being that OneDrive and OneDrive for Business is simply not ready for prime time you might choose to remove it (as much as possible) from your machine and applications. Here is how: 

Remove OneDrive links from Windows File explorer - WARNING: This will sever the connections between Word
  1. Press Win+R and type regedit to open up the Registry Editor
  2. Navigate to the HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\CLSID\{018D5C66-4533-4307-9B53-224DE2ED1FE6} registry key.
  3. Double-click on System.IsPinnedToNameSpaceTree change its value from 1 to 0.
  4. Log off or restart your computer. When you open File Explorer, the OneDrive entry should be gone from the list.

Remove OneDrive links from Word / Excel - WARNING: This will sever the connections between O365 and the apps. 
  1. Navigate to the following key: HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Office\15.0\Common\SignIn 
  2. NOTE: The version number may vary depending on the version of Office you are running. 
  3. If SignIn does not exist, right-click on Common and select New > Key, and name it SignIn.
  4. Right-click on SignIn afterwards and select New > Dword (32-bit) Value from the context menu.
  5. Name the entry SignInOptions.
  6. Double-click it afterwards and set its value to 3. This turns off the cloud features.