Is there a way to setup a specific folder to backup to iCloud instead of the entire Desktop?

Kyle Santos
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Is there a way to setup a specific folder to backup to iCloud instead of the entire Desktop?

I have a bunch of files I want to place in a folder on my desktop, but I don't want it to backup to iCloud.  I have another folder that I like having the files backup to iCloud.  Can this be separated?
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According to this article, no. You cannot choose specific folders

https://www.imore.com/how-save-your-desktop-and-documents-folder-icloud-drive-macos

However, you may be able to use drag and drop. What I don't know from the article, but you might, is "Can you drag a whole folder. Still, this might meet your needs.

http://osxdaily.com/2015/06/19/copy-files-to-icloud-drive-from-mac-os-x/
YES and NO. You can but you have to do it in a certain way and TURN OFF the iCloud backup of the "Desktop & Documents Folders" in the iCloud System Preferences so that by default everything there is NOT backed up

Open a Terminal Window and enter
open ~/Library/Mobile\ Documents/com~apple~CloudDocs/

Open in new window

OR
Look for the iCloud Drive icon in the left pane on the Finer window if you have it enabled

This will open the iCloud Drive folder which is hidden inside your library folder .. now if you create an ALIAS of the SHARED FOLDER .. on your Desktop.

Anything you put in that SHARED folder will be backed up on iCloud but nothing else on the Desktop or Documents will be affected.

Inversely you can TURN ON the iCloud backup of the "Desktop & Documents Folders"  but create the folder you DON'T want to backup in a location OUTSIDE the Desktop and Documents folders in your user account for example in the HOME folder itself.  Now create an alias/shortcut for that folder on your Desktop.  Anything you drop  into that folder is being stored OUTSIDE the Desktop & Documents so it will not be backed up to iCloud.
Kyle SantosSoftware Test Analyst I at Dassault Systemes

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Inversely you can TURN ON the iCloud backup of the "Desktop & Documents Folders"  but create the folder you DON'T want to backup in a location OUTSIDE the Desktop and Documents folders in your user account for example in the HOME folder itself.  Now create an alias/shortcut for that folder on your Desktop.  Anything you drop  into that folder is being stored OUTSIDE the Desktop & Documents so it will not be backed up to iCloud.
I never knew how to find the Users folder before.  But that method appears it will work splendidly for how I am trying to set my files up.  Thank you!  Here is how to find Users folder Command+Shift+H.  Here I created aliases to my desktop, as suggested by Eoin, and will put my media in those folders.  I will leave iCloud Drive Desktop and Documents Folder enabled for things I still want to have backed up in iCloud.

Thank you so much for your help and Merry Christmas!

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