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Ipad and Iphone viewing of long file names

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Ipad and Iphone viewing of long file names

Our company is having the issue that on the mobile app (using the ipad or iphone) often times the file name is too long to properly view what we are opening. I want to be able to read the entire file name so I know what i am opening since many of the beginning and last parts of the file are exactly the same for filing purposes so I want to be able to view the file name without having to open each one in order to find out. I'm hoping I make sense. Is there something I'm missing where I'm able to do this? I can't "right click" on the file name cause I'm mobile otherwise I would try that slightly smiling face

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Super User II
Is there something I'm missing where I'm able to do this?

Nope, you're not missing anything. That's how it is and there's nothing that can be done about it. It has been a problem for some time now.

Level 3

PLEASE, PLEASE sort this out! Every time a new update comes out I get disappointed because you don't address the issue over file names being truncated on the iPad version. It's really difficult to differentiate similar file names when they are truncated over on the left -hand side with all that unused preview space on the right. Can't we just have the ability to scrap the previews? I don't need them and I'd MUCH rather just choose the file I want from a list of the FULL names.

Its such a brilliant product apart from this. OneDrive and all the other just don't come close in terms of speed and usablity.

Dropboxer

Hi there Ian!

Thanks very much for your message and your feedback. Our engineers are working hard on fixing this as soon as possible. I cannot tell you which release this will be out at, but I will make sure that your message is passed on again.

Thanks very much for your patience and thanks for using Dropbox!

Level 1

I can not see all my long name file. It is a reason not use Dropbox. I have to open each file to see its full name. Is there any solution??

Level 1

I can't see either and I need to print the screen and check off what documents I have or don't have based on the entire file name, but I can't print the entire file name from the screen and, like you, must click on each document to do so.  It's creating a lot of work for me.

Level 2

Finally there is solution for this annoying issue. there is a dropdown menu to the right hand side of the file name. click on it and you'll see the file's full name. You can even rename it or move it to another folder.

Dropboxer

Hi everyone! 

Thanks for the feedback. I'll make sure to pass it along to the team. 

Thanks again for posting on our Community slightly smiling face 

Marie, any progress on this?  Your team needs to make the sidebar text smaller, or even better show a full screen which is what we see on our computers.  

This is a serious issue as far as diminishing the usability of Dropbox and should have a high priority for getting fixed!

Level 1

Completely agree Elizabeth E...this is a HUGE problem for our company. We have people in company spending hourse renaming files simply so they can be used in the field properly on the ipad.

Dropboxer

Hi everyone!

As of v4.0 the app now has a downward arrow button to the right of the file (or folder) name that will show you the full name, as well as other file (or folder) actions. This allows you to see the full name without leaving your current view. Appreciate the feedback and the posts to our community threads, thanks!