How do I rename a folder?

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by iamnew, Aug 12, 2011.

  1. iamnew macrumors newbie

    Jul 6, 2011
    Please let me know how cna I rename a folder. I have a new IMac.

    Thank you very much.
  2. techfreak85 macrumors 68040


    Jan 13, 2008
  3. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere


    May 16, 2008
    1. Click once on the folder to select it.
    2. Press enter/return.
    3. Type the new name.
    4. Press enter/return.
  4. maflynn Moderator


    Staff Member

    May 3, 2009
    The easiest method I use is to select the folder in Finder and hit enter. Then type the name you want.
  5. Gregg2 macrumors 603

    May 22, 2008
    Milwaukee, WI
    Any of the above methods will work. ;)

    You can also click the icon, then click the name. Then type.
  6. kadhababu macrumors newbie

    Aug 11, 2011
    Renaming a folder in Mac OS X is very easy, and there’s a few different ways you can do it.

    Rename a file or folder by selecting it and hitting the ‘return’ key – just click on the icon of the file/folder and hit the return key, then type in the new name.

    Rename a file or folder by selecting it and clicking on the filename with your cursor – after you have selected the icon, click on the actual filename text and hover for a moment, then you can rename the item.
  7. jamietshaw macrumors member

    Sep 25, 2009
    A few sidenotes to what’s been said above

    Since pressing Return allows you to rename the file, you may be wondering how to open the file or folder, since this is what pressing Enter does in Windows. To do that in OS X you need to press Cmd-O or Cmd-down arrow.

    The ‘click, then click again’ method of renaming also exists in Windows.

    You could also rename a file by right-clicking and choosing Get Info - the filename is given there. (Or instead of right-clicking, selecting the file then clicking on the cog icon in the toolbar and choosing Get Info)
  8. Gregg2 macrumors 603

    May 22, 2008
    Milwaukee, WI
    (Click the triangle next to Name and Extension to reveal a box to type in.)

    *Or instead of either of those, highlight the file then choose Get Info from the Edit Menu, or highlight then hit Command-I on the keyboard.

    Or... well, that's enough options. ;)

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