Enabled iCloud Drive for Desktop and Documents, question Microsoft User Data folder

Discussion in 'macOS Sierra (10.12)' started by rmeulen, Sep 22, 2016.

  1. rmeulen macrumors member


    Oct 14, 2013
    The Netherlands
    Hi all,
    I have enabled iCloud Drive for Desktop and Documents which appears to work fine.
    While having it enabled for a few days now I just noticed that the folder 'Microsoft User Data' is shown in the finder with a strikethrough cloud icon. It does not appear in the iCloud Drive on other systems.

    I am wondering how this exclusion was done. Would like to do the same for some other sub-folders in Documents.
    Thanks for any feedback.
  2. glhaynes macrumors member

    Jun 14, 2012
    Back on Yosemite, I tried manually copying the contents of the Documents folder to iCloud Drive and ended up with it getting hung trying to copy some of the many (many!) files in Microsoft User Data. That prevented all files sorted after "Microsoft User Data" from ever getting sent to iCloud Drive and left my system in a perpetual "syncing" state. I never could really figure out why — sheer quantity? Something particularly weird about those files? Anyway, when they announced iCloud Drive for Desktop and Documents, I had wondered what would happen in similar situations. Perhaps this is their "solution".

    Or, maybe they're working around the fact that Office is widely-used and syncing this folder between computers would cause issues. It really seems like it should be in ~/Library/Application Support, not ~/Documents.

    TLDR: I don't know how that folder got excluded but I'm guessing that exclusion is hard-coded to work around either Apple's or Microsoft's problem.
  3. grahamperrin macrumors 601


    Jun 8, 2007
  4. glhaynes macrumors member

    Jun 14, 2012
    How did you determine that list of ineligible items? Through experience or is it documented?

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