Mac won't let me rename files

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by msw123307, Mar 12, 2010.

  1. msw123307 macrumors 6502

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    Trying to rename a couple files in finder. Sometimes it works and sometimes it doesn't. I can click on the file to bring up the cursor, and the name gets highlighted. Once I start typing however, it just takes whatever I have typed and closes the cursor edit box and I have to start all over again.

    It's like I have a 2 second window to rename a file. Even if I click and the cursor comes up, if I don't type anything and watch it the cursor disappears after 2-5 seconds.
     
  2. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere

    GGJstudios

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    If you open a folder in Finder and there are a large number of files in that folder, it sometimes takes a while for Finder to display all the file icons. If you try to edit a file name during this process, you get the symptoms you described. Wait for Finder to fully display all the file icons, then click on the file and press Enter/Return to edit the file name.
     
  3. spinnerlys Guest

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    What Mac OS X version do you use?

    Since when does the problem occur, and what might have triggered it?

    Have you tried repairing permissions via Disk Utility?
     
  4. Gregg2 macrumors 603

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    Timing is everything! ;)

    I've noticed that too. Your system is probably fine. :)
     
  5. msw123307 thread starter macrumors 6502

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    i think that's what it was, i just needed to let everything set up.
     

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