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__ExampleTest__
Explorer | Level 3
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I am currently in the process of renaming all files in a large dropbox with multiple subfolders.

I need to remove all of the following characters:
\ / : * ? " < > |

Can anyone suggest a way to replace all of these on mass with a space or a way for me to be able to search and find file names / folder names that contain these characters?

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Jay
Dropbox Staff
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Hi @__ExampleTest__, certain characters might not work in the search bar on the Dropbox site. 

 

Currently, there isn't a method to bulk replace any kind of character via the Dropbox site, so I'd recommend using a desktop app or service to search your files in Explorer/Finder to be able to replace them from there.


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Walter
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Hey @__ExampleTest__ - thanks for dropping by our Community and happy Friday.

 

Have you tried searching for those characters on the website and you were not successful?  If the files are locally available on any computer you use the Dropbox desktop app on, have you tried doing it from there?

 

I'm not sure if this could help, but have you checked our automations and/or the naming conventions

 

Let us know more and we'll take it from there. 


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Здравко
Legendary | Level 20
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@Walter wrote:

...

Have you tried searching for those characters on the website and you were not successful? ...


Hi @Walter,

Did you try the same search? 🧐 Hmm... as seems not. I tried:

image.png

See the example. 😉

__ExampleTest__
Explorer | Level 3
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Hi Walter.

Please see the reply from Здравко on this post. When searching specific characters it shows 0 results.

Jay
Dropbox Staff
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Hi @__ExampleTest__, certain characters might not work in the search bar on the Dropbox site. 

 

Currently, there isn't a method to bulk replace any kind of character via the Dropbox site, so I'd recommend using a desktop app or service to search your files in Explorer/Finder to be able to replace them from there.


Jay
Community Moderator @ Dropbox
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