Over the course of the last couple of years, OneDrive for Business has emerged from being just one of the applications included in Office 365 to being a topic of conversation. As OneDrive for Business continues to mature as a technology, more and more organizations make this a focal point in their rollout of Office 365.

Recently, I noticed some folders appearing in my OneDrive for Business location that I did not create. Finding information regarding these folders and their purposes has been quite challenging so this blog is the compilation of the research findings.

Here is a summary of the folders that have appeared in my OneDrive for Business site and purposes behind them:

  1. Notebooks: When a new OneDrive for Business site is created, a Notebooks folder is included in the new site. Within this folder is a personal OneNote notebook that the user can utilize. By default, this notebook is not shared with anyone else and is only accessible by the user.
  2. Attachments: When an email is received that has an attachment, the attachment can be uploaded to OneDrive for Business in just a couple of clicks. In the event that an Attachments folder does not exist in OneDrive for Business, don’t panic. That simply means that the user has not used the upload feature from the Outlook desktop client or the Save to OneDrive feature from Outlook Web Access.

 

  1. Microsoft Teams Chat Files: Within the Microsoft Teams application, private chats allow not only for conversations but for files to be collaborated on.  In this example, I have a private chat ongoing with another user and a file has been added. Those files added to the private chat are added to the Microsoft Teams Chat files folder.

  1. Documents: Recently, Microsoft released an update that allows for the protection of important Windows folders (such as Desktop, Documents or Pictures). If this feature is enabled to protect the local Documents folder, then those items are synced to this folder.
  2. Desktop: Recently, Microsoft released an update that allows for the protection of important Windows folders (such as Desktop, Documents or Pictures). If this feature is enabled to protect the local Desktop folder, then those items are synced to this folder.
  3. Pictures: Recently, Microsoft released an update that allows for the protection of important Windows folders (such as Desktop, Documents or Pictures). If this feature is enabled to protect the local Pictures folder, then those items are synced to here with this folder.