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.
This is a standard feature with your competitors (Google Drive & Dropbox). It's needed for a large variety of reasons. Please prioritize!
The root "onedrive for business - <company name>" folder name is too long!
Is this still a problem as I cannot find the answer to solve the issue?
Thank you very much.
Darren Lucinsky commented
Folder and File renaming was a standard feature in the DOS days ... what happened!!
Harshvardhan Chawla commented
The root "onedrive for business - <company name>" folder name is too long and then sometimes I get sync errors because of "Filename would be too long" !! Well duh, you started it with the root folder Mr Onedrive :/
The long company name causes my sync folders to be more than 260 character. The Windows 10 path limit is the real problem in converting to OD4B. We have 100 users. If the name is shortened, I will most likely need to visit every PC to change the sync folder. :(
I also struggle with this, as I cannot open subfolders in Fiji (but probably also in other software) because of the spaces in the root folder...
On the taskbar, close the OneDrive application.
regedit - search for all "OneDrive - <Company>" and change to the new name.
search into all files under C:\Users\<user>\AppData\Local\Microsoft\OneDrive and replace all "OneDrive - <Company>" with the new name.
Based on Rick's comment on June 27, 2017, the resulting file structure was more manageable but required an administrator and requires the Company name to be manipulated to resolve the problem (poor design). My suggestion would be to create a different data point for the standard file folder structure to be used and unlink it from the name of the company listed in Organizational Profile of the site. With this additional data point, the company name could be listed in full but the file structure created by OneDrive Sync could be an acronym.
For example, our company name is INSYTE Consulting Group, LLC. The acronym I would use would be simply INSYTE. The OneDrive folder structure and resulting folder for SharePoint Sync would be simply OneDrive - INSYTE and INSYTE, respectively.
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.
Hugo Costelha commented
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.