How To Disable Microsoft Office Upload Center

You may have seen the orange icon in your system tray with the tooltip Microsoft office Upload Center that appears when you hover over it. The Upload Center is used whenever you save documents to SkyDrive and SharePoint. It manages the upload of documents and synchronizing of changes to them. If you never save/edit/share documents on SkyDrive or SharePoint then you won’t use this feature and can safely disable it.

It’s a bit of an imposition on Microsoft’s part, because you didn’t request that this application start, and for most of the time, you won’t even require an upload of the document you are viewing or working one. So how do you disable it?

How To Turn Off Microsoft Office Upload Center

You would think there’d be a way to switch it off in Word options, but no. You can remove it from the Windows startup programs by clicking the Start button > type msconfig and press enter > Startup tab > uncheck the MSOSYNC entry.

Alternatively, if you like messing with your registry settings, then go to HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run. Remove the “OfficeSyncProcess” DWord entry.

Annoyance: if you try to upload/save anything to SkyDrive or SharePoint the Upload Center will start and may add an entry to start with your computer. If that happens you will need to remove it again using one of the above methods.

Word 2010

This method works in Word 2010 but is, as yet, unverified in Word 2013:

  1. Using Task Manager, end all Office applications, including MSOSYNC.exe
  2. Run the following command from an elevated command prompt, assuming you have professional plus x86: msiexec /i{90140000-0011-0000-0000-0000000FF1CE} REMOVE=WxpFiles
  3. If any tasks were running, you’ll need to reboot.

Afterwards, you can verify that MSOSYNC.exe is gone out of the Office14 directory underneath your program files. If you have Visio and Project, you’ll need to run the same command above with the GUIDs of those products.