I stumbled upon this late at night while I was working on my portfolio. None of my photos are synced on my Surface Pro through OneDrive, though my photos and videos show on Windows 10’s Photos app. I’m able to–pretty seamlessly I might add–copy a photo that I want to work on or edit and paste it into File Explorer.
Windows 8.1 introduced OneDrive placeholders, with the intention of showing users what files are inside of OneDrive without keeping an offline sync of every file. It’s been a very-loved feature, and its removal from Windows 10–replaced with selective sync–sparked many people voting on UserVoice to bring the feature back. In addition, Return back OneDrive files placeholders!, is the top-most upvoted feedback item on Windows Feedback for OneDrive.
I understand that it’s painful to lose a feature that was very useful; I loved its convenience as well. However, I’m here to tell you that you don’t really need it.