Even though we like the OneDrive service and we use it a lot, there are a few quirks that we have trouble with. One of it is the fact that it is difficult to figure out how to convince OneDrive to manually synchronize your files right now, without waiting for it to discover your newly added files in a couple of minutes. Another quirk is that sometimes you need to know when it performed the last synchronization so that you have an idea whether it has synchronized the latest files you have added or not. Here's how these things are done in Windows 7 and in Windows 10:
NOTE: If you're looking for ways to learn when your OneDrive files were last synced and also force a manual sync in Windows 8.1, we already wrote a tutorial. You can find it here: Learn When OneDrive Last Synchronized Your Files & Force a Manual Sync.
How to Learn When Your OneDrive Files Were Last Synchronized, in Windows 7 and Windows 10?
If you're using OneDrive on Windows 7, and you want to know when were your files last synced, click only once on the OneDrive icon from the taskbar notification area.
Similarly, if you're using Windows 10 and want to check when were your files last synchronized, click or tap once on the OneDrive icon from the taskbar notification area.
How to Manually Synchronize Your OneDrive Files in Windows 7 and Windows 10 - The Fast Way
Fortunately, if you're using Windows 7 or Windows 10, triggering a manual sync for you OneDrive files is easy even though it is not intuitive. All you have to do is stop the OneDrive app and then start it again. To stop it, right click or tap and hold on its icon from the taskbar notification area and then press Exit.
Then, start OneDrive again. No matter if you use Windows 7 or 10, a way to do it is to look for its entry in the Start menu.
Another way to open OneDrive is to search for it. In Windows 10, write OneDrive in the Search field from the taskbar. Then, click or tap the OneDrive result from the Apps section.
In Windows 7, you can do the same thing using the Search box from the Start Menu.
How to Manually Synchronize Your OneDrive Files in Windows 7 and Windows 10 - The Hard Way
If for whatever reason, you cannot simply follow the steps we described in the previous version, there's also another way to sync your OneDrive files. However, it's a bit more complicated, but it involves similar actions: we will first stop and then start the OneDrive process again.
Whether you're on Windows 7 or Windows 10, open the Task Manager and go to the Processes tab. Then, find the OneDrive process, right click on it and select End Task, in order to stop its process.
In the same Task Manager window, click or tap File and then Run new task.
Windows will launch a new window, called Create new task. In the Open field, copy and paste the code below and press OK:
I hope you have found this guide useful. If there are any quirks related to OneDrive that you need help with, let us know using the comments form below. We will do our best to help.