Renaming the Documents folder in File Explorer breaks navigation to OneDrive for Business


This article contains information that applies when you use the OneDrive for Business sync client (Groove.exe).

Note To determine which OneDrive sync client you're using, see the following Microsoft website: When you click the OneDrive tile in the Office 365 app launcher, or you type the OneDrive URL directly into the browser, you receive the following error message: 

This item might not exist or is no longer available

This item might have been deleted, expired, or you might not have permission to view it. Contact the owner of this item for more information.


To resolve this problem, you must revert the default OneDrive for Business Documents folder to the original name of "Documents by using File Explorer. For more information about how to connect to the site collection by using File Explorer, see the following Microsoft website: 

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Note When you rename the Documents folder, the list view threshold of 5,000 items is enabled. For more information, see the following Microsoft Knowledge Base article:

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If the library contains more than 5,000 items, you cannot rename the folder to "Documents" until there are fewer than 5,000 files in the folder. 

Be aware that the limit for synchronizing files by using the OneDrive for Business sync client is 20,000 items. For more information, see the following Microsoft Knowledge Base article:

2933738 Restrictions and limitations when you sync SharePoint libraries to your computer through OneDrive for Business


This problem occurs after the OneDrive for Business Documents folder for the default library is renamed by using File Explorer. The navigational pointers for OneDrive for Business reference the root folder, Documents. Therefore, renaming the Documents folder changes the navigation redirects to the OneDrive for Business site.

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Article ID: 3171883 - Last Review: Dec 29, 2016 - Revision: 1