Removing Microsoft Office Upload Center from Windows 10

You May Not Need This Upload and Download Monitoring Feature

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If you have Office 2010, 2013, or 2016, you probably know about the Microsoft Office Upload Center. It appears in the taskbar on the right bottom corner of the window where the clock and other background apps are located. This feature keeps tabs on your documents as you upload them to OneDrive or another online server. It’s a useful feature if you are uploading multiple documents at once, but, in other instances, the feature is a bit superfluous. If it bothers you, remove the notification area from your taskbar temporarily or permanently by changing the settings in the Office Upload Center.

How It Works

The Office Upload Center allows you to monitor document uploads and downloads during synchronization with your OneDrive account or another online server. It lets you know if the uploads were successful, failed, or were uninterrupted for any reason.

One of the biggest benefits is that it allows you to create backups for your documents easily and securely. When you save a document, it saves on your computer and then, whenever you connect to the internet, the files are automatically backed up to your OneDrive account.

Remove Office Upload Center for Current Session Only

If you want to get rid of the Office Upload Center icon for the current session on your computer instead of removing it:

  1. Bring up the Task Manager by pressing Ctrl + Alt + Del and then clicking on Task Manager or Ctrl + Shift + Esc
  2. Select the Processes tab and search for MSOSYNC.EXE.
  3. Click on MSOSYNC.EXE to highlight it and then press Delete to stop it from running.
  4. Next, search for OSPPSVC.EXE and do the same thing.

Remove Office Upload Center Permanently

To remove the Office Upload Center from Windows 10 permanently:

  1. Hover your cursor over the Office Upload Center icon and right-click.
  2. Choose Settings in the popup menu.
  3. Locate the Office Upload Center and click Settings on the toolbar.
  4. In the new menu box for the Microsoft Office Upload Center Settings, go to Display Options.
  5. Locate Display icon in notification area option and uncheck that box.
  6. Click OK to save the changes and exit the menu.
  7. Close the Office Upload Center window by clicking the X in the upper-right corner.

Disabling the Office Upload Center from your notifications doesn’t mean you can’t access it. Use the Start menu to navigate back to it.

Note: Another way to get to the Office Upload Center is by clicking the Start menu, choosing All Apps and then Microsoft Office 2016 Tools. In Office 2010 and 2013, it’s under Microsoft Office 2010/2013.