How To Turn Off Annoying File Explorer Ads in Windows 10

Users who have updated early to the Windows 10 Creators Update (using Insider builds) have noticed a big annoyance: an ad in the File Explorer for Microsoft’s own OneDrive service. It’s one of the most intrusive self-promotion efforts we’ve seen in Windows 10 so far.


People use the File Explorer a lot. It’s not something you can avoid, so this advertising is particularly annoying and all but unavoidable. That is, unless you turn it off. Paul Thurrott has helped find a way to disable the ads for a return to a serene file manager.

1. Open File Explorer and go to View > Options > Change folder and search options.

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2. Choose the View tab in the “Folder Options” window.

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3. Uncheck “Show sync provider notifications” in the advanced settings list. It’s towards the bottom.

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Go to Thurrot’s website for more information, including on how (and why) you can proactively change this before you get the Creators Update.

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