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How to enable or disable the new OneDrive activity center on Windows 10

Microsoft released an update for its OneDrive app (version 17.3.6720.1207), and among the fixes and improvements, the sync client also received a new activity center (opens in new tab).

You'll see the new activity center when you click the OneDrive icon in the Taskbar. It'll show you a preview of the most recent synced files, a button to access the OneDrive folder on your computer, and a button to access the cloud storage client settings.

If you've used Dropbox the new activity center will look familiar.

OneDrive new activity center (left), Dropbox activity center (right)

OneDrive new activity center (left), Dropbox activity center (right)

How to enable the new OneDrive activity center

If you're running the latest version of OneDrive (17.3.6720.1207), but you don't see the new flyout, then you can use this Registry tweak to enable it on your computer.

Important: As always, this is a friendly reminder warning you know that editing the registry is risky, and it can cause irreversible damage to your installation if you don't do it correctly. It's recommended to make a full backup of your computer before proceeding.

  1. Use the Windows key + R keyboard shortcut to open the Run command.
  2. Type regedit, and click OK to open the registry.
  3. Browse the following path:HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\OneDrive
  4. On the right side, right-click, select New, and click on DWORD (32-bit) Value.

  1. Name the DWORD TeamSiteSyncPreview and press Enter.
  2. Double-click the newly created DWORD and change the value from 0 to 1.
  3. Click OK.

  1. Close the Registry to complete the task.

This Registry tweaks should take effect immediately as you click the OneDrive icon in the Taskbar system notification area.

How to disable the new OneDrive activity center

If you don't like the new flyout and prefer the old experience, there is also a Registry entry you can add to your PC to disable it.

  1. Use the Windows key + R keyboard shortcut to open the Run command.
  2. Type regedit, and click OK to open the registry.
  3. Browse the following path:HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\OneDrive
  4. On the right side, right-click, select New, and click on DWORD (32-bit) Value.
  5. Name the DWORD ForceLegacyFlyout and press Enter.
  6. Double-click the newly created DWORD and change the value from 0 to 1.
  7. Click OK.

  1. Close the Registry to complete the task.

Do you like the new OneDrive activity center on Windows 10? Tell us in the comments below.

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Mauro Huculak is technical writer for WindowsCentral.com. His primary focus is to write comprehensive how-tos to help users get the most out of Windows 10 and its many related technologies. He has an IT background with professional certifications from Microsoft, Cisco, and CompTIA, and he's a recognized member of the Microsoft MVP community.

17 Comments
  • I like the new one, much more informative. Even if the design doesn't really fit properly (font sizing among other things) it is still an improvement.
  • I have to agree with you, this is a much better way to provide feedback on what is happening in the background, now i feel assured that things are synced. finally some peace of mind.
  • It is possible that place older is supporse to be back at some point? I miss so mutch that winodws 8 feature... 
  • Placeholders have been readded. Check the OneDrive app.
  • Can you specify how to do that? I don't see the options in the settings.
  • The app or the sync client?
  • I believe that the OneDrive app is reading the saved files on the MS server; these do not seem like placeholders, since one can still not access non-local files when composing e-mails or text messages. Real placeholders would be a Godsend for those of us who send and receive images frequently.
  • It's sort of there. If you're using a UWP app then when opening a file you can select OneDrive and choose a file from there, even if it's not already synced. But it doesn't yet work with Win32 apps.
  • I like the new one better also.
  • This is great and all but I think I'm not alone in saying working on a place holder replacement should be top priority.
  • Presumably, after preview, turning this feature on and off will be more elegant than a registry edit, right?
  • They seem to be A/B testing it to see how people use it and if it provided value. If they decide that it's worthwhile, it will probably replace the old version entirely.
  • When the update gets installed, is the activity center on of off by default?
  • for me it was on by default---
  • Now if only I could figure out how to stop One Drive from being used as the "my documents folder" and linked by library...
  • Right click on the cloud icon in your systray and select "Settings".  From the settings dialog, select the "Auto-Save" tab.  You can toggle the Documents and Pictures folders to be "This PC only" instead of on OneDrive.  
  • Could have used this last summer at our camp when I was on cellular only... 8g data used up in three days before I figured out that it was OneDrive going nutty. Of course neither ATT not MS offered to pay my $150 overages fee.