Allow changing file extensions when renaming files
As a power user, I love being able to see and change file extensions on the fly in case I'm working in different formats, or want to see my text highlighted with different syntax. In fact, every time I setup a new computer, one of the first options I setup is showing file extensions so that I can do so. I'd love to be able to see such an option when renaming files on OneDrive.com.
We don’t think we’ll get to this soon, but it’s something you can do from file explorer.
Sebastian Hösl commented
I need this feature!
Neman Syed commented
Umm... I'm truly shocked this still isn't possible, especially considering there's such a strong push from Microsoft to have us put everything into OneDrive. Not cool.
It's daft to tell users to go through the dumbness of discovering the most basic thing can't be done, downloading, changing (despite Windows attempting to make this difficult by hiding extensions by default), reuploading, and deleting the original. Besides, not all users are comfortable with these concepts. The user who states an opinion on UserVoice is not representative of the truly average user, let alone the ones who find this all overwhelming.
Not all the files we deal with are 12 kb readme.txt. Sometimes they're very large zips or media files that are painful to download. Some of us operate on mobile devices. What are you supposed to do if you're on a phone? Download a 120 mb file for a 2 second operation then send it back up again? (I hope you don't think that's hypothetical.)
I feel pretty confident saying every single person here is both (a) savvy enough to know how to do this and (b) has a really good set of reasons for wanting this feature. That means you're saying no to people who actually need it.
A user's voice doesn't help you unless you listen to it.
Aaron Brender commented
2019 and you still can't change the file extension. I receive tab delimited txt files that I need to open in Excel 365. Oh wait... you can't do that in the web version of Excel. But I can't change the extension via the web either. Fail.
Mark Jones commented
Douglas Pearce your comment is as lame as Dropbox.
Seriously... first, the file I uploaded didn't appear in file exporer. Second, this is ridiculous that you can't rename an extension via the web.
Marvin Yoon commented
This could be a crucial mistake that MS could loose users or couldn't gain more users because in my case, I'm moving from paid Dropbox service to OneDrive to maximize use of Office 365 subscription, but this is very pain point and blocker I completely move from Dropbox to here.
Not small amount of web site have added stupid file extension like "exe" after pdf or other normal extensions. But the only way to eliminate this is using file explorer or Finder which are not presented by iOS that means there's no way to fix it if I only use iOS devices
Tim Adams commented
Try using industrial software such as LongPath Tool program.
yeah this would definitely help. and i think onedrive once had this feature but removed it again
Michael Turner commented
This feature would have saved me so much trouble. It is crazy not to allow the rename feature to actually rename files!!!
Alan M commented
+1. Let people vote on this!
+1 on this request
Moreno Gentili commented
Renaming text files to .cs is there, so please at least add a .vb option for the VB.NET people out there.
I second Zack's request, there are many other extensions that come to mind and are useful to developers, such as .md, .config and .json
Craig Debbo commented
add to OD4B too. not just OneDrive
Oh yes! It can be done on Windows if file is still being synced to cloud, it will just sync the name change, but should be available as a web tool and in apps as well.
Michael Yuen (袁善全) commented
I'm out of votes, but I like this idea as well