Allow OneDrive for Business folder to be renamed
The main OneDrive for Business folder cannot be renamed, apparently because the path for syncing would break.
This is limiting and becomes very confusing for employees when sharing files with colleagues, as SharePoint creates folders with the same name in the computers. People don't remember which is theirs and which is shared.
Thanks for the suggestion.
Denver Nova commented
As an FYI, here's the best method I've found for shortening the OneDrive folder name.
1. Install OneDrive
2. Close down OneDrive.
3. Open the registry editor by typing "RegEdit" into your Windows search bar and selecting it from the search results.
4. Go to HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\OneDrive\Accounts\Business1 and change the "UserFolder" value data to whatever directory and folder name you'd like.
5. Go to C:\Users\<YOUR USER FOLDER>\AppData\Local\Microsoft\OneDrive\Settings\Business1 and open up the .ini file that has a bunch of random numbers, letters, and dashes in its name.
6. On the libraryScope line find where it shows the original OneDrive folder path in quotations and change it to match the new desired path.
7. Save the file.
8. Create the new folder yourself in the new directory and copy over the contents of your old OneDrive folder to it.
9. Fire up OneDrive and it should start using the new folder from here on.
10. You may need to choose which folders to sync again after doing this. I caught it trying to resync everything on one of my PCs even though I had set it up to only sync a few folders.
Bram van den heuvel commented
It's weird to be unable to rename the onedrive folders when you have multiple drives connected from the same company. I have 3x the exact same name shown! :-S
Fix this guys!
Peter Connolly commented
I don't get any choice but to use OneDrive. But not being able to change the alias in the MacOS Finder is incredibly annoying - why has this not been fixed yet?
Our company name is 38 characters. We just recently moved employees off our file server and onto sharepoint and we have a lot of people running into file path length issues in File Explorer. Would be great if we could change our OneDrive to a short acronym without impacting the org name across all of Office 365 and billing, etc.
"This idea is thinking about it - updated 5 months ago" ... so, where we at, today?
We are trying to migrate staff from file servers to SharePoint, but the OneDrive sync mechanism adds 70 characters to the file path and thus ends thousands of files over MAXPATH which means they won't sync properly.
Shortcomings in OneDrive and SharePoint file handling are forcing us to use IE FIle Explorer views ... and when you add this issue into the mix, it's like Microsoft is painting us into a corner with different system limitations.
Nathan Koflanovich commented
Folder names with spaces and the length of the folder name both break things for me. I would like to switch to OneDrive, but not allowing me to set the name of the folder to what I want it to be makes this impossible. No other syncing service has this limitation.
Sean Brown commented
if I rename my O365 account the OneDrive name should follow. I don't want to be forced to look at that old name for the rest of my life, that's ridiculous. Get on this.
Please fix this. Some tools do not allow directory names to have space or hyphen characters.
Craig Cowley commented
This is a really annoying one, no reason we shouldn't be able to rename the Root folder!! please please fix..
Hi, Any progress on this issue?
Graham Wharton commented
I have one company, Office 365 Business Premium x 2, one machine, one user, two mailboxes, two onedrives.
I need to keep the company and private content segregated.
So in explorer after adding both one drive accounts I have the following folders.
"One Drive - Company"
"One Drive - Company(1)
if I look at the one drive properties of each folder they state
It would make way way more sense to have the folder names as below, than above.
Josh Davidson commented
As an ex-Microsoft Product and Program manager I have to say this is a HUGE problem that you need to address as soon as humanly possible. The annoyance level is incredibly high and the only reason you can get away with such an atrocious feature is because of all the other features that Office 365 and Microsoft 365 have which lock people in to the system.
The spaces and the length of the file names are major problems. As a developer, if you want to use OneDrive to store your code, your build path is now included and will look something like:
C:\OneDrive - Long Company Name\Development\SolutionName\ProjectName\bin\x86\debug\...
Why add the number of characters to Long Company Name and make this hard for your users? Box, DropBox and others don't have this limitation and you are really just saying to your users, 'eh, I don't care about your problems or preferences, we are going to go with this really annoying feature that tons of people complain about for 4-5 years.'
Just a quick perusal of this list shows you are working on items with 1/6th the votes, so it sort of looks like you don't care about user's pain around this issue.
I wonder how many people use Office / Microsoft 365 and go out and pay for DropBox or Box because of this so you don't see the complaints? How many Office / Microsoft 365 users have basically nothing in their OneDrive accounts?
Sucks to be a law firm signed up on O365
One Drive - Shook, Sterub, Pouncy, and Clawson Attorneys at Law LLC
"Sorry your file path name is too long..." (after saving one folder)
Keeping spaces in the folder name is creating build issues for toolchains. Why is this not fixed yet?
Rafi Stern commented
The spaces in the path are seriously inconvenient. Please can we have this fixed already.
I work for a number of different companies and would like them all organized like:
instead of those long, ugly, redundant directory names with dashes and spaces.
D:\OneDrive\OneDrive - Company1
D:\OneDrive\OneDrive - Company2
Roger Dailey commented
I added a one-drive account with my colleague. Because he already had an existing one drive the one I added placed a (1) on the pathname. This breaks the process I’m trying to share. Can I remove the first and the one I added then add mine back as the first then his other that was present before I added my account? It seems like this should work. Little nervous to try.
Need more space for naming of folders>subfolders>files. Lots of characters wasted by putting in the business name. DropBox for the win on this point.
Yes please - not being able to do this is my first and most annoying gripe after deciding to use OneDrive/Office365 over Google Drive/Gsuite. Please fix this asap.