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Renaming files: windows re-selects entire filename when other files resync

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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.

To reproduce:

  1. Open a folder containing many files that is currently synced in Dropbox
  2. Click on a file name twice (not doubleclick) to begin renaming it. Rename it however.
  3. Press the Tab key to flick down to the next file in the folder. If the previous filename was still in the 'editing' mode then you will automatically be editing the next filename.
  4. Quickly start using the arrow keys or Home/End to move around in the filename but do not start typing
  5. After a second or two, when the Dropbox App has re-synced the file you previously renamed, Windows will highlight the entire filename that you are currently arrowing-around in - maybe just as you were about to start typing.

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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Re: Renaming files: windows re-selects entire filename when other files resync

Hey there @AcerbicMaelin,
The behavior you’re describing does sound strange indeed thinking face . I’ll make sure to pass this along to our dev team for review. Thanks for bringing this to our attention!
In the meantime, any input is most welcome - Cheers!

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Re: Renaming files: windows re-selects entire filename when other files resync

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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.

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