Microsoft won’t let you close OneDrive on Windows until you explain it yourself

Microsoft now wants to explain exactly Why You’re trying to close its OneDrive for Windows app before it lets you do so. Newen It has been spotted The latest update to OneDrive now includes an annoying dialog box asking you to select the reason for closing the application every time you try to close OneDrive from the taskbar.

Closing OneDrive is actually hidden and is not a simple task, as Microsoft hides it under the “Pause Sync” option when you right-click on OneDrive in the taskbar. But now, the quit option is greyed out until you select a reason to quit OneDrive from the drop-down box. Here are the options:

OneDrive poll that appears when you try to close the app.

You’ll need to select one to close OneDrive, but Microsoft hasn’t included a “Go away and let me close the damn app” option, unfortunately.

Microsoft has been pushing OneDrive into Windows for years, taking over Windows 11’s document and photo libraries by default to sync files to Microsoft’s cloud storage. There are also a variety of prompts across Windows if you don’t set up OneDrive, including those that appear when you change your Windows desktop wallpaper.

This new behavior comes after years of Microsoft Edge prompts that appear if you dare download Chrome or change your default browser. Last month, Microsoft, eagerly, began running a poll on Chrome’s download page asking why people would download an alternative browser. Now, Microsoft wants to know why OneDrive shut down.

What then? Hopefully Microsoft won’t start a shutdown poll asking to know why my computer shut down for the day.

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If you want to avoid this latest OneDrive nonsense, feel free to open Task Manager, search for Microsoft OneDrive, and finish this task the old-fashioned way.

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