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I had installed SharePoint a year ago for an internship because I needed it in order to receive the files others' inside the company shared with me. I now have removed SharePoint because the internship was over and I had no need to have access to these files anymore, but my SharePoint is still inside my windows explorer side window. I want to remove the icon since the location the shortcut points to does not exist anymore. So, how do I remove it?

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I followed this trick to remove one drive from my PC, use the same with the slightly different way.

To remove the SharePoint pane, press the windows key and type run. Inside the run window, type regedit. Now go to HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\CLSID\ inside regedit, right click the CLSID folder node and click 'Find' enter 'SharePoint'. upon finding the search node->Double click this KEY System.IsPinnedToNameSpaceTree then change value from '1' to '0'

Note: This will only remove the icon from windows explorer.

Let us know if it worth to give a try.

  • This answer helped me out so I have given you the bounty. However, I have suggested an edit to the answer, so the answer would still be relevant if the link you have given was to ever be gone/changed. – FlorisdG Dec 22 '17 at 9:25
  • @FlorisdG Glad it helped! Update with more details. – little_big_thoughts Dec 22 '17 at 10:19
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IMPORTANT: For people reading the answer above, please do not try to edit your registry as the first thing you do. Editing the registry can cause unwanted and damaging side-effects on your system. If you need to remove the icon and you do have access to the tenant, please consider my answer below.

Optimally, it should be as simple as right clicking your OneDrive icon in the notification area of the taskbar, select "Settings", the "Account"-pane and click "Stop sync" for the library.

However, this may or may not work, depending on your current OneDrive client. A new client was "recently" released, but depending on a lot of things, you may still be stuck with the old one or have a missing connection.

Unfortunately, to remove the icon the easy way, you should still have access to the organization. If you do, no problem, if you don't then...

If you DO have access: First, update your OneDrive Synchronization client. The easiest way to do this is to do a so called "Online repair" as described here. This will give you the most recent client.

Then, just click Start, type "OneDrive" so the "OneDrive desktop app" appears, then enter your username and password for the organization that you have synced with. This will overwrite the old connection with a new one. NOW you can right-click the icon, click "Settings", select the "Account"-pane and choose "Stop syncing" and the icon will be gone from your Explorer.

If you don't have access however, then it is quite possible you must walk the eerie trail of the regedit. You can research a lot of it online, this should help you along the way, this might also prove interesting.

  • Again, like I stated in the comments of the question, the option "stop syncing" is not available when right clicking the sharepoint folder. – FlorisdG Dec 20 '17 at 14:08
  • Did you try to update your client and perform an online repair? – Helge S Dec 20 '17 at 14:15
  • I do not have access to the organisation anymore – FlorisdG Dec 20 '17 at 14:16
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    Then, unfortunately, the regedit option may be your best bet, alternatively you could backup and remove your Windows user account - create a new one and start fresh. Or wait until someone else posts a better solution, as far as i know however, there is no way to simply remove the icon. – Helge S Dec 20 '17 at 14:25

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