System Tip: Free control of synchronized content in Windows 10

Many people use more than one Windows 10 device and work with different content and progress in each device, so it is necessary to selectively turn on synced content in Windows 10. So, how to control the synced content in Windows 10?

1. Windows 10 sync settings for a single user

For a single user, Windows 10 content synchronization can be set up via Settings → Accounts → Sync your settings (Figure 1). User files can be synced via OneDrive. Note that you need to sign in with a Windows network account.

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Although Windows 10 Mobile will lose support, the sync feature will still be available with the same user account login as Windows 10.

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CFan has talked about Windows sync settings, OneDrive file sync in detail in “The Ubiquitous Microsoft Account”.

2. Group Policy Sync Settings for All Users

For multi-user Windows 10, if you want to control the sync items for all users flexibly, you can do it with Group Policy Editor. First, click the Start menu and type gpedit.msc, press Enter to start the Group Policy Editor. Then, navigate to the following path: “Local Group Policy Editor → Computer Configuration → Administrative Templates → Windows Components → Synchronize Your Settings” (Figure 2).

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Several policies listed here allow to configure different synchronization behaviors, including whether to synchronize: applications, application settings, passwords, desktop personalization, personalization, start settings, connections by traffic, browser settings, other Windows settings, etc. All these policies are disabled by default (with the effect of being synchronizable), to prevent a particular synchronization item, you need to double-click to open this policy and switch it to enabled. No system restart is required to save changes. To disable two-way synchronization for all items, double-click the “No synchronization” option and change the setting to “Enabled” (Figure 3).

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3. Use third-party software to compensate for synchronization

In addition to Windows 10’s own synchronization function, we can use third-party tools to synchronize our own content. For example, through the “automatic backup” service of Baidu.com, the network of specified content one-way synchronization (Figure 4).

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If you want to synchronize the contents of specified local folders on multiple devices, you can use a two-way synchronization software such as NutCloud. Users can specify the system folders (e.g. desktop) and user folders to be synchronized.

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