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Introduction

Add shortcut to OneDrive is a relatively new SharePoint feature which rolled out in latter part of 2020 (roadmap)(announcement). It enables users to add a shortcut from a SharePoint document library to OneDrive for Business.

End users are easily confused over which button to press when both the Sync button and Add shortcut to Onedrive button are enabled. Unless educated on the differences, it’s better to provide them only one option. If you disable the feature, ensure that Sync is still enabled unless you wish to disable sync entirely and in that case you should also disable sync in teams sites.

User Impact

Medium – Impacts users ability to use the Add shortcut to OneDrive feature, which can disable the ability to sync SharePoint files with OneDrive entirely.

Parameters

Enabled – True/False

Admin Portal Reference

Not available in admin portal

PowerShell Reference

To enable

Set-SPOTenant -DisableAddShortcutsToOneDrive $false

To disable

Set-SPOTenant -DisableAddShortcutsToOneDrive $true

When the feature is disabled ($true), the option Add shortcut to My files will be removed; any folders that have already been added will remain on the user’s computer.

Set-SPOTenant (SharePointOnlinePowerShell) | Microsoft Docs

Further details – Set-SPOTenant (SharePointOnlinePowerShell) | Microsoft Docs

Additional Notes

If you disable OneDrive shortcuts, the Add shortcut to OneDrive command is removed from SharePoint Online document libraries. Existing shortcuts remain in place.

In the announcement for this feature, Microsoft stated it would only be configurable for a fixed period of time. In our testing, the feature continues to work despite this. As such, be prepared that disabling the feature may no longer be effective in future.

For the next few months, the admins will be able to disable Add to OneDrive for their organizations. This temporary choice is available to help admins drive any required change management with ease. We will inform you before removing this option to opt-out of the feature.

If Action is set to Notify

We report the setting as compliant if the setting matches the enabled value as set by the parameter.

We report the setting as non-compliant if the setting does not match the enabled value as set by the parameter.

If Action is set to Enforce

We report the setting as compliant if the setting matches the enabled value as set by the parameter.

We report the setting as compliant-fixed if the setting does not match the enabled value as set by the parameter and we adjust it to match.

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