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.
Elijah Gagne commented
I also find this to be an odd restriction. My current workaround is to create a "directory junction" by running:
mklink /J "C:\onedrive" "C:\cloud\OneDrive - Company Name"
Michael Alley commented
I have also run into problems using Visual Studio. I can't name anything c#. # is not permitted.
Visual Studio is Microsofts own product!
Again here Dropbox permitted me to do this easily.
I need to remove the spaces from the root folder name, as my program doesn't accept file paths with spaces in. The enforced spaces in the folder name "OneDrive - Company Name" renders OneDrive for Business useless to me.
Dan Altheimer commented
I also like this idea for another reason.
Our company has multiple users that have, no only their OneDrive account sync, but an additional "general" OneDrive account (among others) - so multiple sync clients run and there's several entries in the left side browse view of explorer - but these entries all just say the tenant name (1) or tenant name (2).
Being able to rename these in order to properly KNOW which one is which would be highly beneficial.
instead of having to change the company name
Allow users to rename the synced folder in the new sync client of OneDrive for Business and also allow users to specify the location of the synced folder on their pc.
This is required because the combination of the default name (One Drive - [company name] + default location (C:\Users\[user name]\default synced folder name) generates a file path that is often too long so files cannot be synced.
Keep in mind, that typically the files you want to sync are already under a file path - that you want to keep under the synced folder.
The Rick Stockton solution only works if you have Admin access, which is usually true for a very small percentage of the company users...
I suggest for now to look at https://onedrive.uservoice.com/forums/262982-onedrive/suggestions/9281949-allow-renaming-root-folder-onedrive-folder
Rick Stockton commented
I just got some great technical advise from Microsoft on this: Here's what I did:
1.) Got into my Office365 Admin and change my company name to a [much shorter] acronym.
2.) Exit OneDrive on my PC. [Right-click OneDrive icon; Exit]
3.) Log out of Office365 portal.
3.) Sign back in to OneDrive on my PC.
4.) The OneDrive sync folder now uses the acronym instead of the old long company name.
4a.) OneDrive now syncs all of the files from the cloud down to the new location on the PC.
5.) Got back into my Office365 Admin and changed my company name back to the [and much longer] full company name.
I rebooted, and the change appears to be persistent, but I will have to repeat this procedure should I choose to 'Exit' OneDrive.
It's worth it, though, and I love it.
I can suggest you with one software and that is "Ahsay backup" as i am using this software for my business use , So try it out. Many new softwares i have tries like acronis etc but i guess according to the speed i would 9/10 marks to this software. Use it.
Please allow the renaming of the folder which OneDrive for Desktop syncs to. I would appreciate the ability to store my sync'd folders/files in a folder with a different name other than /onedrive. Here is my usage scenario:
I am trying to move the onedrive folders of two users of a single desktop PC to the secondary raid array for backup. I would like the paths to be D:\ONEDRIVE_USER1 and D:\ONEDRIVE_USER2. The way it is currently implemented I would have to use: D:\ONEDRIVE_USER1\onedrive and D:\ONEDRIVE_USER2\onedrive.
This is not ideal and I'm sure other users can think of many ways the renaming of the "sync" folder to something other than "onedrive" would be useful. Please consider fixing this limitation.
Currently when you add a link folder to the onedrive apps, it will create a subfolder call "onedrive" and start to sync the file in there.
If only it just use the folder we put as the link folder and start to sync there.
Shawn Keene commented
The left nav root shortcuts for "OneDrive-Personal" and others in File Explorer, please let me rename those.
...or at least make it the same in the Mac and Windows versions of the app.