Since I use OneDrive, each document I create or edit in Word is handled as an online document, when I save it in the folder structure, OneDrive is syncing.

Documents are handled as "http://d.docs.live.net/..." instead of "C:\MyFolder\mydocument.docx".

I want OneDrive to sync my folders in the cloud (as Dropbox or GoogleDrive do it) but I don't want to takeover OneDrive the default behavior of handling files in Word, Excel etc.

BTW, it seems to slow down the opening and saving of documents in word.

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To never store your documents on OneDrive, change the default to save to the computer by :

In the menu File > Options, click on the left on Save, and in the right pane untick "Show additional places for saving, even if sign-in may be required" and tick "Save to Computer by default", finally specify your "Default local file location", and click OK.

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For one-time disable of OneDrive, right-click on its 'cloud' icon on the traybar and choose Exit.

To totally disable OneDrive, see the article How to Disable & Replace OneDrive in Windows 10.

For more info, see the article Before a Microsoft Office 2013 install, beware of potential gotchas (it calls OneDrive by the name of SkyDrive but the rest is still valid).

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