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.
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Chris Meacher commented
I work in a company on multiple projects, with a standard folder structure for each project, and need to sync the same folders from multiple projects to produce cost roll up reports. This causes an issue in OneDrive as the synced folders all have the same name, and so are indistinguishable.
I would like to rename the local folder to something meaningful and keep the sync working, but unable to due to OneDrive restrictions.
Please note: This is different to the renaming of the root folder issue, which I also agree with and have voted for under the most popular post (over 1,000 votes) here:
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.
This absolutely needs to be addressed. We use ODfB for core business operations and on a number of systems that utilise scripting for creating reports and whatnot, we're having difficulty using a file path in the script due to the long names or the presence of SPACES.
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.
Let users select any file from any location on the local PC, not just the limited OneDrive directory.
Why is the filename length so limited? Recent versions of Windows allows up to 260 characters. This hearkens back to the 8-dot-3 days of 16-bit windows. Why this shorter arbitrary length restriction?
Since there is a shorter length restriction, why make the user play a guessing game? Why not say upfront that the filename is restricted to n characters.
This whole OD project seem poorly planned and executed. Especially since there are popular, well-designed competitors in the marketplace.
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.
Adding my two cents... In typical Microsoft fashion this shortfall has gone unnoticed for years... there are SO many requests for it online.
PULL YOUR FINGER OUT!!!
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.