Google Drive Window: How to Rename Drive

Written by Tijana - Reviewed by Emilija Google Workplace / Drive

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Google Drive is one of the most widely used platforms worldwide, serving to store important files of all sorts - documents, photos, videos, you name it.

Many Google Drive users have been keeping their files on the same Google cloud storage for years, which always means hundreds of important documents are stored on that Google Drive.

However, with so many files being stored in a single place, it can get crowded and confusing. This is why many users go for the ‘Renaming’ option since this can ultimately help keep track of your files, where you store them, and makes it easy to manage your Google Docs.

In addition, besides renaming files and creating folders to better organize Google Drive, many users decide to rename Google Drive altogether.

Hence, if you’re trying to find out how to rename Google Drive and the folders within the Drive, you’re in the right place.

Check out the step-by-step process below, and learn how to rename your Drive.

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Why should I rename my Drive?

  • To better keep track of all your files.
  • It improves the overall organization of everything you have stored on your Google Drive, and files will be easier to identify.
  • New versions of Google Drive files might cause issues on your PC if named ‘My Drive’ instead of ‘My_Drive’. Some softwares don’t function properly with a space in path names.

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How do I rename my Google Drive?

Before you initiate the process of renaming your Drive, bear in mind that the following steps are for the Google Drive Desktop version.

  1. After downloading the Google Drive app for Desktop, toggle the button to stream all files to your PC.
  2. Rename the ‘My Drive’ in C:\Users\username, and toggle back to ‘Mirror’.
  3. Change the default folder to redirect to the renamed folder.

How do I rename the tab in Google Chrome?

Many users have multiple Google Drive accounts - one for work, and a private one. This makes it difficult to manage which is which, and renaming the Google Chrome version of Google Drive would be optimal.

Since there is no rename dialog allowing users to make adjustments to the tab name in Chrome, there are several Google Chrome extensions you can add that can ultimately help with this issue.

How do I rename Google Drive folders?

Follow these steps to rename folders in Google Drive. The following steps are the same for both the Web browser version and the Desktop version. The steps can be done using Chrome, Firefox, and Edge.

  1. Open the Google Drive website.
  2. Find the Drive folder you want to rename and select it. The folder will be highlighted in blue once selected.

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  1. Right-click on the folder, and from the menu, click on ‘Rename’ from the list of options.

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  1. Rename the folder as you wish to, and click on ‘OK’ once you’re done.

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  1. The change will be instantly saved, and the selected folder will be renamed.

How do I rename files/multiple files in Google Drive?

Renaming files in Google Drive has the same step-by-step process as the one mentioned above for folders.

However, having too many files to be renamed, and having to do it one by one can get tiring very quickly.

In order to rename multiple files in Google Drive, you’ll need to download a renaming extension available in the G-suite marketplace - Multiple file rename for Google Drive.

Conclusion

Having several Google accounts can make it difficult to select the file you need quickly, and navigate through the accounts without wasting too much of your time.

In this article, we covered renaming the folder for the Desktop version, renaming the tabs in Chrome, and renaming the folders and files within Google Drive.

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