Give the ability to copy and rename files / folder through web portal
I currently see no way of copying a file or folder in the same directory (making a copy of it). I would love and option like "Copy and Rename." This would allow me to have folder structure templates that I can easily make a copy of instead of having this template in its own folder and copying it a level up.
We currently have the capability to copy a file to the same folder it lives in via the “Copy to” button. Would love to understand if this meets your needs!
The current "Copy to" button does NOT meet the needs of what everyone here is talking about. It is a very cumbersome way of achieving what we are asking for.
Consider this situation - you are currently far down in a nested folder tree and you want to create a quick extra copy of one of more files in that folder - such as from a template or a previous version.
You then only have the option of "Copy to" and have to tediously re-navigate back to the current folder you are in - completely pointlessly!
As others have said, it is often quicker to download the source file, create a new copy locally and then upload it again - and that is clearly a stupid solution.
This basic requirement can be implemented very simply and easily Microsoft - a quick win!
All you need is to add an extra option in the context/ellipsis (...) menu - such as "Copy to here" or "Create copy". This will work for any single file (or folder) or for any current (multiple) selection, just the same as the current "Copy to" option works. The only difference is the user does not need to select a target folder since it is assumed to be the current folder. Done!
The rename feature requested is not needed as much because it is relatively easy to just rename the newly copied file from its default name (e.g. the same name with a '1' on the end) to their desired name.
In the OneDrive application that is installed by the Microsoft Store, when dragging any folder of mine to the folder of this OneDrive, it syncs normally because there is no folder yet, so far ok, but if again take the same folder and drag to overlay, the same informs that it already exists, it doesn’t let it overlap, forcing it first to have to delete it and then sending it again, and this gets in the way, because they are not always the same files inside the folder, there are new files in the middle that if the OneDrive application overlapped automatically, much more agile and easy than deleting the folder to send again
Ben Francom commented
Yes, there should be a copy in current directory, or duplicate a file in the current directory. The current process to do that is super clunky "Copy to..." Then browse all the way back down the onedrive directory structure to get it where you need.
Ang Yi Shuan commented
How long do you need to "Think about it"? Till the cows come home? I just moved from Dropbox and Google Drive to Onedrive and am TOTALLY appalled to see these ESSENTIAL VITAL BASIC features missing.
Daniel Wong commented
Seems like a basic feature that shouldn't be missing. I can copy a file to any folder EXCEPT the folder it is currently in. This capability has been in Windows for years.
PLEASE do this. I use this function all the time in Google Drive and in File Explorer. It is a real detriment having it missing from One Drive because it means I have to download a file, save and rename it, and upload the new file.
I am using One Drive because of a client, but it is leaving a very negative impression.
Simon Hastings commented
This is a rather obvious omission! I've been trying to create an easy to use E-buletin, that all staff at my school can add to prior to it being emailed to parents and students. Being able to simply copy and rename a template ready for each new day would have solved this so easily.
Johannes Meyer commented
It is absolutely crazy that this isn't a built in function. I'm getting rather sick of using OneDrive. Their functionality is lagging way behind googles equivalent services. Not only that, I just had to rewrite my entire post after logging in wiped what I had written.
Come on microsoft, get it together.
Kelly Wood commented
This is a very important feature for the way my school district uses shared files. They work from a template within their assigned folder. They must customize the template weekly and save the newest version to the folder. At this time, the only way for them to update the info. and save a new copy is to work via the desktop and do a "save as". There should be a way to stay within "work in word online" and rename the file within the same folder it started in. Maybe something like "work with a copy".