Mac won't let me rename files

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

  1. msw123307 macrumors 6502

    Mar 25, 2007
    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


    May 16, 2008
    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


    Sep 7, 2008
    forlod bygningen
    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

    May 22, 2008
    Milwaukee, WI
    Timing is everything! ;)

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

    Mar 25, 2007
    i think that's what it was, i just needed to let everything set up.

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