Very often I copy large video files to desktop for processing, editing, etc... Too bad it is using a lot of bandwidth and slows down other uploads.

I want to use iCloud drive, but I want to disable Desktop. Is there a way of doing exactly that?

Symmetrical question: Sync only Desktop folder, but not Documents, with "Store in iCloud"? (iCloud Drive)

Some related support thread: https://discussions.apple.com/thread/7679836?start=0&tstart=0

System Preferences:

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  • Can't you simply store your large video files in a different folder, one that you don't sync to iCloud? – fsb Feb 21 '17 at 14:18
  • desktop is a convenient location because it is desktop. It is easier to dump files there, without thinking too much. – Mars Robertson Feb 21 '17 at 14:27
  • I did a little research and can't find how to disconnect desktop from documents. Maybe someone else here will know how to do that. While waiting for a better answer, at least you have a workaround. – fsb Feb 21 '17 at 14:35
  • Hahaha... Of course not putting files to desktop is a workaround but it is not convenient. Dragging files from SD card or anything really directly to desktop is much more convenient :) – Mars Robertson Feb 21 '17 at 14:41
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    Couldn't you just reverse the answer to the "symmetrical question" you linked? Uncheck the "Desktop & Documents Folders" option, then move Documents to the Library/Mobile Documents directory (which still gets synced because the per-app directories all live there) and symlink that to where Documents originally was. Granted, that answer is unconfirmed, but to my knowledge it should work. – Merlin Feb 22 '17 at 5:28

Put your large video files into Downloads. This is what I do for instructional videos from Lynda Don't sync or use iCloud Drive for Downloads

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    Welcome to Ask Different! This could be a valid (but rather obvious) workaround; I assume the author puts their files on the Desktop for a reason (ease of access). – Glorfindel Jul 7 '18 at 18:33
  • Thank you for suggestion. I use Desktop for thousands of other reasons, large video files is one of them. I want to use iCloud drive, but I want to disable Desktop. – Mars Robertson Jul 10 '18 at 11:48

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