Bug: Explorer reselects entire filename when editing the name of a newly synced file
What's the Bug:
This bug causes File Explorer to select all the text of a filename you are editing while you editing it, which causes a single keystroke to erase the text of the filename if you are not paying attention.
When It Happens:
It happens when you immediately try to rename a file after performing a file operation but before the OneDrive client syncs it. For example, it happens if you copy a file and quickly rename it, or if you save a file and then quickly rename it. It appears as though Explorer incorrectly reselects the entire filename once it syncs the file.
Example Steps to Reproduce:
1. In Explorer, copy a file to a synced OneDrive folder. Let's say the filename is "book.txt".
2. Immediately after copying the file (before it is synced to OneDrive):
2a. Start to rename the file (e.g. press F2). (At first, the entire filename text is selected, such as "book".)
2b. Position the cursor at any single point in the file name (so the entire filename text is no longer selected). For example, place the cursor at the end of the filename so you can rename it to "book123456789".
3. Wait a second or two (presumably for the file to sync to OneDrive).
4. Explorer automatically reselects the entire filename. (If you were trying, for example, to append "123456789" to the original filename, you end up erasing the original file name after Explorer selects it and you press any key.)
Has been an issue for several years on several computers for me and continues to be. So sad I'm still paying for the worthless service. Maybe time to switch to something more productive.
Mateo Cortes commented
please fix this!
Just as you are about to change the part of the file name you want to change it decides to select it all and then the whole file name diappears and you have to start again. ANNOYING!
Lucas Rossi commented
This is, indeed, very frustrating. We get no response from Microsoft about it.
This has been a Windows issue since at least Window 7. That just... 11 years?! Thanks Microsoft!
This is a persistent issue for years. It happens every time I make a copy and try to rename the file
Yeah. This needs to be fixed.
[Deleted User] commented
Please fix this bug. Renaming a file 3 times is highly unproductive, not to mention highly frustrating.
This is the most annoying bug in the world to a power user of the OS, please sort it out MS.
Microsoft generally doesn't care if they can put the "check in the box" by the feature name. Don't hold your breath for a fix.
After searching for hours, I finally found the issue. This is SOOOO annoying!
This happens to me and it is very frustrating.
This is still very much an issue and still very frustrating!
This is really annoying! Please fix it!
My work laptop has my entire MyDocuments redirected to OneDrive so this happens with literally _every_ file - and most of the time when I go to rename a file. Very annoying!
I think it may be a Windows Explorer issue as there are pages talking about it from back in 2015 - but probably made worse/caused by syncing services like OneDrive (also affects Google Drive according to some other pages).
Please fix this asap!
I have "business" version of OneDrive which came with my Office subscription. There's nothing businesslike in this behaviour. I wonder how many collective useryears Microsoft feels their paying business customers should waste on this super annoying fault year after year.
S Petel commented
THIS IS SUPER ANNOYING! I thought I was the only one, but this has been going on forever on multiple computers.
Please fix it, it is very annoying and wastes a lot of time.
Annoying bug. You must wait a while. But when occurs with round file synchronization bug then it is unable to rename file when sync utility (OneDrive) is running.
Same problem. Helps pausing synchronization or migration on Dropbox.
Fix this please!