Where is Pause gone from OneDrive in Windows 10

When you upgrade to Windows 10 and have lot of data on OneDrive, first thing you will notice is OneDrive trying to sync all data from OneDrive Online to your Windows 10 PC. The download should go smooth when you have limited amount of data, but incase of large data, you will see Windows 10 getting slower and network speed is almost nil for internet browsing needs.


On Windows 8.1, OneDrive can be easily paused from taskbar icon by right-click context menu on OneDrive icon, but on Windows 10 you will no longer see Pause. Apparently, I think this is a miss from Microsoft when they developed the app for Windows 10. Unfortunately there is no way to actually pause the sync action for now!

So all we can do is simply right-click on the OneDrive icon on taskbar and click Exit. This should stop your network hog issue and you should be able to browse internet. You can anytime launch OneDrive by typing OneDrive from taskbar search box and Sync process will resume.

Pause missing from OneDrive Right-click Context menu

Pause missing from OneDrive Right-click Context menu

Stay tuned with us for more updates. We will update this post as soon as Microsoft figures out this problem and includes Pause in upcoming OneDrive updates.

Kiran Kumar

Hi there! Kiran Kumar is an Engineer by profession, and loves blogging primarily on Microsoft Windows operating system and also enjoys reviewing software and products. Currently, he is exploring Windows 10 and you will see a lot of articles on know-how about it. When he is not writing for TWP, he enjoys time with his Family, listens to lot of music, enjoys Biking, and occasionally plays racing games on Xbox One.

  • Guest

    When I exit OneDrive, it restarts by itself. What are my options?

    • Dima Medvedev

      stop the ‘Superfetch’ service prior.

  • Thomas Kainz

    I agree that Microsoft really screwed up on this point. Up until know I’ve been telling myself that I should be patient for the next few months while Microsoft cleans up the Windows 10 rollout. But forcing me to bring my work to a halt because microsoft onedrive Syncing is hogging my bandwidth is totally unacceptable. to make matters worse, I may have two or maybe even three PCs running at the same time which – for all intents and purposes makes using the Internet a lost cause. Granted, I can kill the process, but I shouldn’t have to go to that extent. Why can’t they simply allow me to either pause it when the need arises or.. better yet, allow me to set time zones when I want the syncing to occur – like late at night while I’m asleep?