Ability to Rename External Drives in Chrome OS Now Available

A long awaited feature has finally come to Chrome OS.  In the latest stable build of the platform, Chrome 64, the ability to rename external drives connected to your Chromebook has been enabled.  Now when you are in the File app, you can press ctrl+enter to rename the drive.

The ability to rename external drives is something that I first saw in a commit way back in August of last year.  The commit indicated that this shortcut would be coming but it wasn’t clear when exactly it would land on the platform.  This was not available to me on my Pixelbook under Chrome 63 so it looks like yesterday’s build release enabled it.

If your Chromebook has been updated to Chrome 64 then you should see this new option in Files.  There is no flag to enable or any other settings.

Renaming of External Drives in Chrome OS
Renaming of External Drives in Chrome OS

The ability to rename external drives has been a long requested feature of Chromebook users along with the ability to encrypt the drives.  While the later is still not an option, and there appears to be no commit for it, at least now you can rename a drive to something other than UNTITLED.  I should also note that you are limited to 11 character names for these external drives.