I have been bewildered by the fact that the files in my OneDrive folders
come with a loading bar wasting my time. When this was the case there was a little blue icon
in the status column next to the file name.
I thought, that with the recent reinstallation of Windows, that I would have not enabled a full sync
with the cloud.
I right-clicked the OneDrive tray icon, went to 'Settings' and looked under
'Account' and checked in ' Choose Folders' that indeed everything was selected properly.
After googling around for a bit and not finding anything, I came to the conclusion that this was
some kind of yet undocumented syncing bug and thought, that this was going to be a headache.
It turns out that the newly introduced feature 'Files On-Demand' that I've never heard from before
just blatantly ignores the sync settings.
Now whilst I don't understand who would want this feature, as a high or even low-powered desktop computer or a Laptop that can only sync via WiFi or Lan anyway and thus would never waste traffic, as data plans
are unlimited (well, where I live, they are anyway) I do not know.
It's probably not meant for me.
That's why I am asking that this feature should not be enabled by default, especially on Microsoft accounts,
that are older than the feature, as people will likely be as confused and annoyed as I was.
Also the setting should not contradict the sync-settings, because that made it hard to realize what was
wrong in the first place.
I don't even understand the naming of the feature 'files on demand' and ask for it to be reconsidered.
Normally, when I click on a file, opening the file is my demand. It opens immediately. My demand was met.
Life is good.
Now when I click on a file it doesn't open.
It shows me a loading bar, which I did not demand and noone in their right mind would ever
want to demand. Then after about half a second has passed (proably a lot longer, if the internet is slow) it finally complies with my demand.
If my internet is down, I can demand all I want, but there are no files.
This goes against the spirit of 'files on demand'.
I don't even know what'll happen, when I right-click a file to see it's properties or try to do a context-menu
action. Or when I try to select locally available ones and 'on-demand'-ones together
and copy them to another hard drive. But it's probably worse and I don't want to find out.
When I upload a bunch of photos from my phone and want to go thru them with
a picture viewer and go thru the scans with the arrow keys, now each transition wastes time.
To quote the legendary Adam Jensen: "I never asked for this!"
PS: I couldn't post this under the category "OneDrive" because the "Start a Discussion"-form tells me, that 'This forum has been locked'. As OneDrive installs with Windows, I feel that this is the next-most appropriate place for it.