How to block OneDrive use from within Office 365 ProPlus and Office 2016 applications

Summary

When you install Microsoft Office 2016, the OneDrive sync client (OneDrive.exe) is included in the installation package. This article describes how to use Group Policy settings and registry modification to block access to OneDrive from within the Office applications.

More Information

To block OneDrive access for Office 2016 users in your organization, follow these steps:

  1. Download the Office 2016 Administrative Template files (ADMX/ADML) and Office Customization Tool.

  2. Use the Office 2016 Administrative Templates to configure Group Policy settings underĀ User configuration > Administrative Templates > Microsoft Office 2016 > Miscellaneous as follows:

    1. Set the Show OneDrive Sign In setting to Disabled:

      Show OneDrive Sign-in

    2. Enable the Block signing into Office setting, and set it to Org ID only:

      Org ID only

To prevent users from adding their personal OneDrive account, use one of the following methods:

Use a Group Policy object

Use the Office 2016 Administrative Templates to configure Group Policy settings.

Under User configuration > Administrative Templates > Microsoft Office 2016 > Miscellaneous, configure Hide file locations when opening or saving files as Hide OneDrive Personal.

Note

This policy setting only applies to Word, PowerPoint, and Excel.

Modify the registry

Open registry editor and browse to the following registry key:

HKCU\Software\Policies\Microsoft\Office\16.0\Common\Internet

Modify the DWORD value "OnlineStorage".

Available values are:

  • 0 Policy is off (all locations are shown)

  • 1 Only OneDrive Personal locations are hidden

  • 2 All SharePoint Online locations are hidden

  • 3 All Microsoft Online Locations are hidden

If you set other values, the policy is off (all locations are shown).

If the value is set to 1, uses can no longer see their personal OneDrive location under Add a place.

To block the use of OneDrive from within Windows, see How to block OneDrive.exe from being advertised after you install Office 2016.

To configure the update settings for Office 365 ProPlus, see the following TechNet resource:

Configure update settings for Office 365 ProPlus