How to fix OneDrive sync issues with office files on Windows 7

  • Windows 7
  • Office 2013
  • OneDrive 2015

Issue:

When opening office documents and closing them without saving, OneDrive system tray icon will prompt me with messages stating “An office file needs your attention“.

Solution:

I was forced to open the file, save it, and close it which then kicked off the sync.  This would make the error go away but it would reoccur everytime I opened and closed a document.
OneDrive Settings
To resolve the issue, I unchecked (disabled)¬†“Use Office to work on files with other people at the same time” in the OneDrive settings.
It now works more like dropbox where you save the file and it just syncs it up to the cloud. I don’t use the collaboration features so no issue for me to disable it.
How to fix OneDrive sync issues with office files on Windows 7