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.
September 13th, this is still an issue!
Some clients we've resorted to using third party apps such as expandrive to map the sharepoint site similar to a mapped network drive. It's ridiculous onedrive doesn't have this basic functionality!
It is ridicolous that this hasn't be fixed yet!
In reply to Anonymous post on July 12 2018 22:22. Considering mapping OneDrive for Business to a network drive instead. You can then map to the root drive letter which should help alleviate the path too long issues.
To map a network drive you could try Zee Drive http://www.thinkscape.com/Map-Network-Drives-To-Office-365-OneDrive/
Disclosure: I work for the company that develops Zee Drive
Hitting 400 character path limits in OneDrive Office365 with almost no effort whatsoever due to base folder path being stupidly named.
c:\users\useraccountname\onedrive - my reasonably sized companyname\
How is this JOKE not fixed 3 - 4 years later
PLEASE change this ASAP. It's absolutely ridiculous that there would be some software out there, one which we have to interact with every single day, that has a semi-hard coded name folder name instead of a proper variable.
Our company name, plus the whole "OneDrive - " shenanigans is a ***** to type when using scripting/command line tasks/WSL.
C'mon.. this is not rocket science ;-)
Manuel Olivares commented
Listen the user's voice!
Alex Chernenko commented
Feature requested in 2015. Still not done. Very unhappy with this Microsoft limitation
[Deleted User] commented
This should be a must! Windows File explorer doesn't allow 255 characters path and we spent 35 characters i this unavoidable folder!!! We will have huge problems soon
I have to agree with most here. The space in the business accounts (OneDrive - My Company) means I cannot use it with VBox Linux. That makes my business account an over glorified backup that is not useful.
David Foster commented
Software that I rely on at work demands file paths with no spaces. The inflexibility of your naming convention means I cannot use OneDrive and must stick with Dropbox until you catch up with the competition. Too bad, I was looking to break from Dropbox...
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.