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Be able to change Dropbox backup folders names

Be able to change Dropbox backup folders names

rfog
Helpful | Level 7

Add possibility of rename Backup folders. If you have only one computer, it go fine, but if you have more than one, it ends being very confussing. Due iCloud Drive issues, I've changed all of my Macs "synchronized" Desktop and Documents to Dropbox. However, take a look to the picture: 

 

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It is very difficult to guess what is what. With the possibility to rename them, I could have named "My iMac", "My MBP 13", "My MBP 15". Very easy to see what is what.

 

(As a workaround, we can change to detail view, but could be more easy for all of us be able to change the names).

11 Comments
Daphne
Dropboxer

This idea is going to need a bit more support.

 

We've updated the status to encourage more users to back you up!

Status changed to: Needs more votes
jmtrensh
Explorer | Level 4

I currently have multiple computers that I have their 'Documents' folders being synced to my Dropbox. Currently they are named 'My PC (*insert computer name*)' and it is hard to recognize which one I want at a glance. Dropbox will not currently let you rename these folders, but it would be extremely helpful to be able to rename them or give a nickname to allow easier navigation.

onewil
Helpful | Level 6

Please consider this. Every Mac shouldn't look identical. Or group them into a single area?

 

Also, please consider not showing my "auto backups" as my "recent items". Often the recent items are things I'm actively working on, where as the desktop or download backup is random stuff, but because of the backups my real files are pushed far down the "recent" list, which makes them harder to find.

rfog
Helpful | Level 7

The real thing could be implement this as OneDrive do in Windows and iCloud Drive in macOS: same folder does not matter how many PC/Mac you have. 

 

I know it is not easy when there is interoperation between Windows and macOS, but perhaps this could be a good selling point.

 

What I actually have is one folder called "Documentos", and use that folder for my equivalent "Documents" folder of each Win/Mac, and original Documents in Win/Mac are empty and not used. That way I have all my working documents synchronized between all platforms.

WallingfordFarm
Explorer | Level 4

This feature would make Dropbox's backup system way easier to use and a lot more user friendly. Please consider adding this feature!

LittleMouse
New member | Level 2

This feature would be more than user friendly... It would save people like me who updated their whole computer onto dropbox just to realise they now couldn't use a program they use almost daily because it cannot deal with space and brackets and the code cannot be changed!
Please add this feature, this is just bad practice...

MC33
New member | Level 2

The inclusion of spaces and parentheses in the name creates huge issues for people doing any sort of command line computing. I have programs that simply will not run because files now have paths with these special characters. Please don't make us beg for what should be a simple fix? I like dropbox backup but I won't be able to use it long term, and will advise all my colleagues to avoid, unless there is a fix. 

chadbush
New member | Level 2

This is truly ridiculous. I already had a fully working backup system in place, whereby I kept all the directories I wanted to backup in my Dropbox folders, then symlinked certain ones into Dropbox from my system where the system required it. I saw an invitation in the Dropbox app to try the new backup feature, so I rearranged everything, re-synced hundreds of GB of files, and now I'm stuck with a Dropbox folder called "Mac (2)" that I can't change.

 

This renders the entire backup feature unusable for me. I do a lot of command line work, and having spaces, parentheses, extraneous characters or, frankly, anything I didn't choose in the path to all my synced files is a deal breaker.

 

I'm now going to have to turn off backups, rearrange all my directories and files as they were, create symlinks as needed from outside Dropbox into the files I've moved there, and use a more clunky system that has worked for years, just to avoid having this ridiculously-named folder in the path that Dropbox won't let me change, and won't even take seriously as a feature request. I'm angry.

erkin
Helpful | Level 7

Super easy, let us rename computer backup folders. I do NOT want to use the folder names that are decided by Dropbox. 

Rommel
Explorer | Level 4

This is not a new problem. I have seen a lot of users complaining about this. Dropbox currently does not allow users to rename their backup folders. So, if you have more than one computer (like myself), the program automatically names it like Mac (1), Mac (2), Mac (n)... and so fourth. This is very annoying, because we want the freedom to name the backup in a way we can remember what machine each backup relates to. Please, fix this ASAP.

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