Improve the renaming functionality of Office 365 groups.
When you rename an Office 365 group, only the display name changes. It is not possible to edit the email address or the name of the OneDrive associated to the group. This is confusing, especially for OneDrive.
It should be possible to change all names associated with the group when renaming.
To change the email address of the group, follow the best answer here: https://answers.microsoft.com/en-us/msoffice/forum/msoffice_o365admin-mso_exchon-mso_o365b/how-to-add-an-email-alias-to-an-o365-group/79d94383-442a-4e3a-ac62-4ff1ea8af962.
We’re working on renaming the Team Site. Stay tuned.
Frederick Lin commented
This gets alot more complicated if there is a naming policy which by Microsoft's implementation is based user attributes associated with the *person that is creating the Office 365 Group*. When an administrator modifies the group, those attributes could be different, especially for Groups that have a naming policy configured that reflect on attributes such as the user's business unit, location, or department. To address this, we implemented our own naming policy but it isn't perfect; the naming is done after the fact and not immediately after a change. Would be nice to have a webhook into this sort of event to link this into an Azure web job for example.
Then there are things that cannot be renamed at all such as the site collection URL.
Rob Nicholson commented
My client really needs this ASAP. They work in the pharma field when product names often change and not being able to rename the email they used to communicate with their client is a right pain. They have no option except to create a new group.
Can you please confirm if this is an issue for Groups that are converted from dist. Groups ? Since directly created Office 365 Groups we can change the email address ...
Studer Marc commented
Any Update on the Status?
Mustafa Kaplan commented
Is there a time plan for this? We also need to rename the group mail.
Based upon the O365 Groups Feedback post, does this mean the ONLY addition will be email edition or will the sharepoint URL site and onedrive URL also be updated?
Julie Lothrop commented
@Admin, thank you for the update. When the email address changes, will the URL for the associated OneDrive/SP collaboration also change?
Denis Lacroix commented
really why we cant change it like a normal distribution group
Dave Kay commented
Yes please, i need to change the email address of a 365 group but can't do this through the admin interface. i would also like to have secondary email addresses that i can define too
For organisations that frequently restructure or for newly formed teams that need to tweak their name it's important that name changes to be more seemless. For meging teams it would be good to have a way to merge/migrate all the shared documents into one group.
Another place which does not update when a group name is changed, is the desktop folder created when files are sync'd to your computer. I have changed the name of a group, but the folder of sync'ed files from this group, on my computer, remained the old name. If I login and select to Sync with my computer manually, the pop-up which asks which folders refers to the group by its old name, and not the new one.
Jose Pires commented
The renaming functionality for Groups needs to adjust some other places connected to the Group. I just learned that when we change the Group name:
1) It does not change the page title of Planner group
2) It does not adjust the name of shared OneNote file inside the SharePoint SiteAssets library.
There is no alternative for situation #1. Your Planner page displays the correct group name inside it, but the page title will remain incorrect without alternative to fix it.
For #2, you can manually fix the shared OneNote filename. It will work inside SharePoint. But then Planner, Outlook and Groups applications will have broken connections still pointing to the old OneNote filename.
In summary, renaming a Group today may lead to more troubles than creating a new one, especially for those groups recently created.
Martin Brandt commented
We would certainly appreciate a "one action feature" that will be able to rename Office 365 standard groups, professional learning communities and teams. We are using the naming policy but we want our users to be able to create group/PLC/Team name suffixes themselves and they will as well make mistakes doing so as have reasons to change te goal the group/PLC/team is used for.
To put it in a different perspective: We want to facilitate teams of users with groups/PLC's/Teams for sustainable collaboration at least as much as we want to faciltate them with groups/PLC's/Teams for short-term project collaboration.
Renaming is common as the Team's purpose is better understood. Inconsistent naming causes a great deal of confusion. Propogated renaming would also be useful for resolving issues such as the 'apostrophe in team name causes failure in the files tab and when posting via email' issue.
Plase add this to the roadmap and implement as soon as possible.
Renaming teams should be a fundamental functionality. Especially now since Microsoft Teams is built on top of it there is no way to move all Data to a new group (Notes, Wiki, Chats, ...).
I totally agree. Please MS, implement this. Especially in conjuction with a Microsoft Team, it would be helpful one could reuse an existing group for a new team but rename the group including email address, URL part etc. to match the new team name.
A. Auras commented
Same for the URL Part. See here: https://office365.uservoice.com/forums/286611-office-365-groups/suggestions/8238162-change-groups-sites-url-url