Allow renaming root folder (OneDrive folder)
Currently renaming of Root folder ( OneDrive ) is not allowed. ( At least I am not aware of how to do it).
This feature enables me in hiding the fact that this folder is cloud based ( backed up in cloud ). This is particularly helpful in office enviornment where lot of orgnizations don't want employees to upload data to any cloud based websites.
Thanks for the suggestion. Just being transparent, this is not something we are likely to get to in the new future.
OneDrive folder can be renamed:
- stop sync and unlink current OneDrive folder
- close OneDrive App
- in folder: "C:\Users\YourUserName\AppData\Local\Microsoft\OneDrive\settings\Business1" find the .ini file with a 36 digit registry key as filename.
- open the .ini file in e.g. Notepad and find the current name of your OneDrive in the text. Change the name of the folder to your preferred name.
- Save and close .ini file.
- open regedit and export a safety copy of the registry onto a thumb drive, just in case.
- look for the current name of the OneDrive folder in the registry and replace with your preferred name in every name, key or value you come across. There should be between 20 and 30 entries, maybe more.
- close the registry
- rename the actual OneDrive folder on your c-drive
- open OneDrive App and link the newly renamed folder as your OneDrive.
John Einselen commented
4 years later, and this is still an infuriating limitation.
Oliver Haygis commented
Dem Ordner einen eigenen Namen zu geben ist wichtig
Daniel Seitz commented
it is important to change this!
The whitespaces are a nightmare to deal with when writing scripts - please change this behaviour to allow renaming the directory! It's ridiculous!
Bernhard Nickel commented
i have 4 Business OneDrive, so it will be usefull
this is hard to believe. please let us change the folder names! nobody knows which folder is which. "..."(1) is not a unique name and therefore not very helpful!
I can “share” a my OneDrive located on my Y computer with my wife using a differernt MS account name on X computer by sending her an email link from my OneDrive. She can then click on the link and gain access to the OneDrive associated with MY OneDrive associated the the MS account on Y computer. She can even pin it to her file manager. But what shows then is:
Computer X file manager:
One of which is the shared Y’s OneDrive from my computer and one of which her Computer X’s one drive. But it is indistinguishable at first glance as to which is which. So if I could have renamed MY OneDrive to Y OneDrive and her’s to X OneDrive, then the file manager would reflect:
I CAN create a shortcut on my desktop using the web address and name the shortcut whatever I want. My wife is handicapped and I am just trying to simplify how we share access to each other’s stuff. I thank you for your suggestion, and am glad the OS will not allow me to change. Normally I would have tried it before I contacted you, but upon thinking about it, was afraid the system would allow me to change the name but then hose up my access to it completely 😊
it is important to change this!
I work for a Korean company and they provide OneDrive service for business. The stupid thing is that the root folder name is the company name which is in Korean Hangeul. This gives me a lot of headaches because some apps can't open the files saved in the OneDrive folder so I have to save them somewhere else. Please enable the renaming feature.
Callam Fletcher commented
I operate a multinational organisation and we need to rename our onedrive folders because employees are confused. We have spent way too much time trying to set this basic system up. It should be so much more simple. We will migrate all data and end subscriptions unless this is resolved before Dec 31.
Michael C. commented
I support renaming of Folders AND App. I have installed the App from MS Store and OneDive from Website. Both are in Start-Menu with same Name. Right now, only the Icons are different which is confusing.
i am using 2 accounts and will give them individual names...
This issue was highlighted some four and a half years ago. Hundreds of votes and comments, yet not action...? Poor.
I run a small business, and operating everything through Microsoft programs and platforms is appealing - Mainly for the seamless experience it provides. However with OneDrive, this is not the case.
I have been trying for hours to achieve a shared environment, but am slowly discovering my requirements are unlikely to be met with OneDrive.
A big disappointment...
@Rob Kapinos - Very well put with your comment.
@Microsoft - You really need to step up here.
Rob Kapinos commented
I can't see how people take OneDrive seriously.
Things professional Cloud Storage companies do:
1. Allow you to sync multiple directories
2. Allow your sync directories to have user defined names
3. Allow you to sync different directories on different clients
4. Handle the entire WGL-4 UNICODE subset in names
5. Allow path lengths in the tens of thousands of characters
Things Amateurs do:
1. Sync one 255 character directory with a fixed name
This needs to chainge!
This must be a joke. We cannot access files because the total file name is longer than 255 characters.
As long as it is not possible to rename the OneDrive folder or at least drop the organization name from the folder, OneDrive is not usable in a business environment.
Do something! What type of a requirement is this?
Hans-Dieter Baser commented
to implement possibility to rename the main folder is necessary because migration of links for example is easier.
short names are easier to adapt, maintain, recognize etc.
SME here, we are syncing 100% of our libraries on each users computer (we cannot change this) to navigate between libraries is really painfull as they now have all the "site name" in front of them...
+ issues with access / saving from several programs who doesn't handle spaces and special charcater.
DO SOMETHING !