Found a reproducible annoyance in Windows 10 with Dropbox. I often cycle through a lot of folders using the tab key to rename them one at a time, and this produces an issue where, as soon as the Dropbox app has synced the previous file, Windows highlights all text in the currently-being-edited filename, even if I am tapping through it.
I suspect this has something to do with updating the little blue and green file icon overlays.
If you were just about to start inserting some text somewhere in a filename, but hadn't started typing yet, then the fact that the filename has just re-highlighted itself might cause you to overwrite the entire filename instead of inserting the part you were planning.
When doing this with many files this can be a real annoyance. Is a fix possible?
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I have the exact same issue, can recreate it using the steps in the original post and get the exact same outcome.
Very annoying considering I rename files en masse regularly.
The only solution I have currently is to pause Dropbox and then unpause it when I'm done renaming, but this is a patch not a fix.
I have the same problem.
This is the most annoying thing about Dropbox.
I rename files a lot.
Select a file, press F2 to rename, rename file, tab to next file, start typing (but when the resync of the previous file is complete and the dropbox icon updates the filename is reselected in full and you start typing over the filename again wiping what you just did).
This drives me insane!
The "fix" which is not a fix at all, turn off dropbox while renaming files. There has to be a better solution.
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Just so I can have a little more info to have a better look into this with you, can you just let me know:
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Thanks for looking into this for us.
This issue has persisted for over 2 years now so I don't think it is just an issue with the current version of Dropbox or Windows, but in case it helps:
I've had this issue for years and always assumed it was a windows 10 issue, but the windows 10 solution to this issue (turn off auto accent colour) has never worked for me. It was only now that I realised that this was specific to dropbox only.
I do a lot of file renaming when working with game assets, sometimes hundreds, or thousands, at a time. A solution would be incredibly appreciated as this is incredibly annoying as it slows down work a lot!
N.B. My current work around is to copy all of my files out of dropbox, do my renaming, then copy them back into dropbox ... which is not at all how I intended to use dropbox, considering that dropboxes strength is that it can (or should be able to) operate is a live and frictionless local production folder.
FYI, I found posts where odrive had similar issues, and has a work around
And there's a similar solution for Google Drive (at bottom of thread)
And similar with One Drive
- If you read the comments on these posts, you'll see how much this issue annoys everyone. Definitely worth fixing!
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