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.
Our organization name length is 38 characters. We recently moved users over to Sharepoint from our file server, and many of our users are now running into file path length issues due to those 38 characters being added. Please provide an option to shorten that without impacting everything else in the tenant.
I have multiple domain names under one account. When setting up one drive I can't name the folders by domain or user name. That creates multiple one drive folders with the same name. Not good. Please look into changing this.
John Einselen commented
This is such an infuriating product to use. Beyond the crashes and failures to log in, cluttering my computer with a folder I cannot rename is really frustrating.
"This idea is thinking about it - updated 5 months ago" ... so, where we at, today?
I don't get why any sane developer would create a restriction like this unless they were unaware of the competing path length limit. Using the company name (or "Personal") to distinguish one type of account from another is understandable as a default, but preventing people from changing/renaming the root folder is just unnecessary, especially if you don't even give account admins (e.g. the subscribed company's IT techies and the CEO above them) a choice in the matter.
If it were me, I would do away with BOTH restrictions:
1. let users change the default name of the folder (unless they are installing on company computers or otherwise subject to a domain's group policies, no one should be able to tell them what they can and cannot call a folder), and
2. remove the path length limit on the SharePoint backend (seriously Microsoft, it's 2020. Are you seriously telling me your commercial grade cloud servers can't afford to turn on "Enable NTFS long paths"? Next you'll tell me all your servers are actually smart-toasters with the latest version of Windows XP service pack 3 installed!)
Gostaria de renomear o nome de acesso ao onedrive, eu tenho 5 contas e é ruim menos nome completando (1), (02)....
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Phillip M. commented
Fundamentally, this is a combination of two issues, both of which I think represent design oversights on the part of the application's development team:
1. The inability to use paths longer than a certain length, a constraint that hasn't been applied to offline Windows NT systems since... 98, I want to say? I don't know why this restriction would be imposed again short of #poorprogrammingpractices (we have 32 bit operating systems and in some case 64; why limit things to 2^8?), but I think it should be removed
2. The inability to fully customize the path of your OneDrive directory. You can customize everything above the company level and everything below the root of your site folder, but the directory names in between (company, group, and team) are chosen and not flexible because... reasons? Don't get me wrong, it's important to have a unique location for each site folder, but I think the top down policy needs to change; give users more control and let the current naming scheme just be the "default".
Issue #2 is actually what I came here to provide feedback about; I think it's silly, especially since it seems to be applied even to the personal edition of OneDrive. For instance, my personal account, despite being meant for individuals, forces the site folder to be named "OneDrive" even if I pick something like "D:/my cloud" in the "open file" window, resulting in "D:/my cloud/OneDrive". Why? Do you (as would be somewhat typical for Microsoft) not trust me to pick a unique name? Could you at least be consistent about it instead of naming the path different from the corresponding entry in my Navigation Pane (see screenshot for example of this inconsistency)?
Please fix this.
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
I mean this sounds like the same as this idea but with less votes - still needs to be implemented either way!
Craig Cowley commented
This is a really annoying one, no reason we shouldn't be able to rename the Root folder!! please please fix..