How to use naming conventions in Dropbox

This feature is available to all Dropbox users on dropbox.com and the Dropbox desktop app.

Naming conventions help you rename files and organize folders within your Dropbox account. Applying a naming convention helps maintain consistency with your Dropbox content, giving files you choose uniform names for easier sorting and navigation.

How to use naming conventions

To use naming conventions on dropbox.com:

  1. Sign in to dropbox.com.
  2. Open the folder you’d like to organize.
  3. Click “” (ellipsis) at the top of the screen.
  4. Click Naming convention.
  5. Select the naming convention(s) you want to apply.
    • Options provided will be:
      • Start filenames with date - This will add the date the file was uploaded to Dropbox to the file name.
      • Capitalize all initials - This will capitalize the first letter of each word in the file name.
      • Change all separators to - This will change the character that separates each word in the file name.
      • Include parent folder name - This will add the name of the folder to the file name.
  6. Click Apply.
    • The Apply button will indicate how many files will be updated.

 

To use naming conventions from the Dropbox desktop app:

  1. Open the Dropbox folder in File Explorer (Windows) or Finder. (Mac).
  2. Right-click on the folder you’d like to organize.
  3. Select Naming convention.
  4. Select the naming convention(s) you want to apply.
    • Options provided will be Start filenames with dateCapitalize all initialsChange all separators to, and Include parent folder name.
  5. Click Apply.
    • The Apply button will indicate how many files will be updated.

FAQs

Can you apply naming conventions to select files?

Currently, naming conventions can only be applied to folders, not individual files.

Can a naming convention be applied on a team folder? If so, who can apply it?

Yes, naming conventions can be used with team folders. Any team member with edit access can apply it.

Will naming conventions be automatically applied to new files?

You will have the option to apply naming conventions automatically to new files added to a folder. Toggle on Apply naming convention to new files added to this folder to use this setting.

Can naming conventions be undone?

If a naming convention was set in error, it can be undone by clicking Undo in the panel that appears at the bottom of the screen.

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