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How to Disable Always Show Availability Status in Windows 10

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How to Disable Always Show Availability Status in Windows 10

How to Disable Always Show Availability Status in Windows 10

The recent Windows 10 version features new icons for your OneDrive locations pinned to the navigation pane of File Explorer. The new icons reflect the synchronization state of the folder along with its on-demand state. If you are not happy to see these extra icons, it is easy to disable them.

Always Show Availability Status in File Explorer will permit you to know that the file you want to demand from OneDrive whether exists or not through the Quick access navigation pane. When the item is available in the cloud store you will see the cloud icon tagged with this.

The new icons in the navigation pane are connected with OneDrive's Files on-Demand. 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.

Once the Files on Demand feature is enabled, File Explorer will show the following overlay icons for files in the cloud.

 Online-only files don’t take up space on your computer. You see a cloud icon for each online-only file in File Explorer, but the file doesn’t download to your device until you open it. You can’t open online-only files when your device isn’t connected to the Internet.

 When you open an online-only file, it downloads to your device and becomes a locally available file. You can open a locally available file anytime, even without Internet access. If you need more space, you can change the file back to online only. Just right-click the file and select “Free up space.”

  Only files that you mark as "Always keep on this device" have the green circle with the white check mark. These always available files download to your device and take up space, but they’re always there for you even when you’re offline.


In the Explorer navigation pane for folders under Quick Access, icons to indicate the status appear as well. Here is how to disable them.

1. Hold down Windows + E shortcut keys to open the File Explorer.

2. In the Ribbon user interface of Explorer, click File -> Change folder and search options.



3. Switch to the View tab in File Explorer options and disable the option Always show availability status under Navigation pane.



4. Click Apply and OK buttons.

That's it. You are done.


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