If you’re trying to rename a file on OneDrive, you might have come across a common problem: “Cannot rename, the destination already exists”. In this workaround, we’ll discuss the most common possibilities and how to get rid of this error.
Method 1: Rename Another File with the Same Name
This error is generally caused if there is another file with the same name you’re specifying for your file. Simply giving a different name to the other file might fix your problem.
Method 2: Rename the Destination Folder
Another way to fix the “Cannot rename; destination already exists” error is to rename the destination folder. For example: If the original destination folder is named “Family photos”, you can rename it as “Family photos_old”.
Method 3: Delete the File from PC
Make sure that you’ve got OneDrive installed on your computer. Open the OneDrive folder on your PC, and create a backup copy of the file somewhere else other than your OneDrive folder. Now delete the file from your PC and wait for a few seconds for the changes to be synced.
It is recommended to create a backup copy of the file because when you delete a file from the OneDrive folder on your PC, it gets deleted permanently. The file will no longer be recoverable from your PC, your OneDrive account and other OneDrive-linked devices.
Now simply rename the backup file with a new name and move it to the OneDrive folder again.
Method 4: Use Cloud File Renamer
Cloud File Renamer is a web app that renames files from OneDrive over-the-cloud. You don’t need to download any files locally.
Using Cloud File Renamer, you can use a variety of file naming patterns such as new name, add prefix/ suffix, change case, add numbering, swap text, etc. Please be assured that this web app is totally safe. It connects to your OneDrive account using the official APIs provided by Microsoft OneDrive.
Method 5: Sign Out & Sign In
Sometimes a temporary glitch can cause errors while renaming your OneDrive files. Simply sign out of your OneDrive account and then sign in again.
Method 6: Repair OneDrive Libraries
The repair option is only available for OneDrive for School or Work accounts. The system administrators of your school or work account can perform the diagnostic procedure as follows:
Method 7: Change the OneDrive Folder Location
Another method is to change the OneDrive folder location.