For most OneDrive users, the first step in organizing your storage is to get everything in one place.

If you have amassed files and folders in different locations, start by putting them all into one top-level folder. After you have moved everything to a single folder, you have to use subfolders to further subdivide the group of files based on date, location, subject etc. Situations arise when you might have amassed countless folders and subfolders. You might also have to check for any duplicate folders as well. Finding and deleting OneDrive duplicate folders is one of the most challenging tasks. Although you can use various filters to sort and view folders, using OneDrive isn’t the easiest of the ways to deal with duplicate folders, in all honesty.


Keep Tracking Your Folders

Finding duplicate folders is fun. And sometimes an auto finding option seems like magic. That auto part mysteriously filed away without any action on your part. Isn’t that easy? Sure—until you all-of-a-sudden need to find one of those items that moved magically to your archive. Then you have to figure out where it went and how to get it again.

As your OneDrive storage grows to tens or hundreds of thousands of files, it may become necessary to delete unwanted folders to save potentially significant amounts of OneDrive space. Plan to come back to your OneDrive often to re-confirm your editing decision and delete unwanted files for good. You will have a better perspective with the benefit of hindsight. If you cannot, here is the way to do it manually.

  • Open File Explorer. Find the OneDrive synchronized folder.
  • Enter the folder’s name and search for it.
  • Repeat this process for all the folders.


Find a Fly in the Ointment

Simple, right? Yes, but there is a virtual fly in the virtual ointment. You probably do not know the name of the folder you want to open, and it might not show up in the list of folders in your OneDrive. Try Clone Files Checker. It scans your OneDrive storage and displays duplicate folders in an easy-to-view layout. All you have to do a little of work that may require you to wade around the superfluous duplicates. That leads to a tidier OneDrive, and more storage for more stuff!
You need to analyze all your folders. Don’t just simply delete them right away. A simple thing to remember after all this is that you can find real duplicates only if you are a bit judicious in how you tell OneDrive to search for duplicate folders. Or perhaps it is best to launch Clone Files Checker to see which folders you want to exclude.