How to Rename a File

For one of the first times in your life, you are struggling with a PC without anyone near you to explain how to use it. You're not doing too badly, you're remembering almost everything you've learned in the past few weeks, but you're stuck after spelling the name of a document saved in Word wrong.

Well yes, you don't know yet how to rename a file, but you don't have to worry about that. Making mistakes you learn and this is one of the simplest operations you can learn. If you want, therefore, I can explain to you, step by step, all the various steps you need to take to change the name of your document (and any other file), so you will no longer need help.

Are you ready? Yup? Great! Then place yourself comfortably in front of your trusted computer and immediately start focusing on reading what is reported below. I am sure that in the end you will be able to tell yourself very happy and satisfied with what you have learned and that you will also be ready to agree with me that in reality it was a real child's play. What do you say, we bet?

Windows

Stai using a PC with your installato Windows and you would like to understand how to go about rename a file, follow the instructions on what to do that you find below. I already anticipate that the operation is feasible in various ways: acting from context menu, From toolbar programs, da tasting and also from Command Prompt. The choice is yours!

How to Rename a File from the Context Menu

The first and simplest way to rename a file on Windows is to use the special function accessible from the context menu. In this case, all you have to do is click with the right mouse button on the icon of the file of your interest and select the item Rhinomine give the menu to compare.

Once this is done, press the button Canc or that Backspace on the computer keyboard to delete the current file name, type the new one and press the key Submit to save the changes. Done!

If you don't want to delete the file name entirely because, for example, you only want to add a word or letter to it, instead of pressing the Canc/Backspace, move with the directional arrows of the keyboard at the point of the name you want to change, write the part you forgot and apply the changes as seen above, or by pressing the key Submit.

If you need to rename multiple files, know that you can do it by proceeding in the same way as I indicated above but by first selecting all the elements of your interest by drawing a selection rectangle with the mouse, left clicking anywhere and continuing to hold until you have highlighted all the various files. For more details, read my guide on how to select multiple files.

Also keep in mind that if at the end of the file names you see a period followed by three or four letters (eg. file.pdf), it means that the display of theextension of files on Windows, as I explained to you in detail in my focus on how to show file extension. In this case, when you rename a file, be careful not to alter the three or four letters in question, since these last tell the system what type of document you are dealing with (and therefore with which program it should be opened).

How to Rename a File from the Toolbar

If you have opened a file in a program window, you can also rename it from there, using the toolbar. Succeeding is child's play! All you have to do is click on the menu Fillet (usually located at the top left), choose the option Rhinomine from the menu that opens, type the new name you want to assign to the file and click on the button Save.

Note that in some programs the command Rhinomine is not available: in this case, you can work around this by saving a new copy of the file with a different name. To do this, go to the menu File> Save with nome, select the output format (if necessary), type the new name you want to assign to the file in the appropriate field, the destination location (if different from the one where the file you want to rename is currently located) and click on the button Save.

I also point out that you can also rename your files using the toolbar of File Explorer. In this case, just select the reference element, press the button Rhinomine at the top, type the name of the file (or part of it) in the highlighted field and press the key Submit on the keyboard.

How to Rename a File with the Keyboard

If you prefer, you can rename a file on Windows even without using the mouse, acting alone keyboard. How you do it? Simple: first, go to the location on Windows where the file you want to rename is located, press the space bar and use the directional arrows to select the element of your interest, then press the button F2.

Once this is done, press the button Canc or that Backspace, to delete the current file name, or move within it using le directional arrows, to change only part of the name, and type what you want. Next, press the key Submit per salvare I modified it.

And if you need to rename several files simultaneously, I inform you that you can do it by selecting them all first. To do this, if the files of your interest are close to each other, select the first one (as I indicated a few lines above), hold down the key Shift on the keyboard and use the directional arrows to highlight others. If the files are distant, select them, hold the key Ctrl and move between them always using the directional arrows.

To select all items, use the key combination instead Ctrl + A, while to intervene a series of files in sequence you just need to select the first, hold down the key Shift and move with the directional arrows on the last.

How to Rename a File from the Command Prompt

As anticipated, if you want, you can rename a file on Windows also from the command line, using the Command Prompt. To do this, first start it by clicking on Start button (I cheer with the pennant Windows that you find at the bottom left of the taskbar) by typing "command prompt " in the search field attached to the displayed menu and selecting the relevant suggestion.

In the window that appears, type the command rename [file path] [new file name], taking care to replace a [file path] the path of the file you want to rename (eg. “C: Users yourname Desktop Important_Document.txt”) it's at [new file name] the new name you wish to assign to the file followed by its extension (eg. documento.txt). Next, hit the button Submit on the keyboard and the file name will be changed immediately.

Also know that, if the new name you want to assign to the file contains spaces, you will have to include the latter inside the quotation marks (eg. "Test document.txt").

Poppy

Do you own a Mac and, therefore, would you like to understand how to proceed to rename a file on macOS? No problem, I'll explain immediately how to proceed. Even then, I anticipate that the operation is feasible from context menu, From menu bar, from keyboard and acting from terminal. Find out everything below.

How to Rename a File from the Context Menu

To rename a file on Mac using the context menu, the first step you need to take is to right-click on the icon of the element of your interest and select the item Rhinomine give the menu to compare.

Next, press the button backspace on the Mac keyboard to delete the current file name, type the new one and press the key Submit, to ensure that the changes made are saved.

If you don't want to delete the file name entirely, instead of pressing the key backspace, move with the directional arrows present on the keyboard at the point of the name you want to change, write the part to add and apply the changes as seen above, that is to say by pressing the key Submit.

Do you need to rename multiple files at the same time? This can also be done. To do this, just proceed in the same way as I indicated earlier, first selecting all the elements of your interest, drawing a selection rectangle with the mouse, left clicking anywhere and continuing to hold until you have highlighted all the various files. For more details, read my guide on how to select multiple items on Mac.

Next, right click on one of the selected files, choose the item Rhinomine from the context menu and use the window you see appearing on the desktop to determine how to rename the files, then click on the button Rhinomine and it's done.

If you see a period followed by three or four letters at the end of the filenames (ex. file.pdf), it means that the display of the file extension on macOS has been enabled, as I explained to you in detail in my post dedicated to the topic. In this case, when going to rename the files on Mac, be careful not to alter the extension as well if you want to prevent the system from being unable to recognize which program it has to deal with.

How to Rename a File from the Menu Bar

In addition to this, as I have already indicated, you can rename a file using the menu bar. The same thing can also be done if you have opened a given file in an application and wish to intervene directly there. To do this, just click on the item Fillet present in the upper left part of the menu bar and then select the item Rhinomine.

Then type the new name you want to assign to the file in the appropriate field that is highlighted, or use the directional arrows on the keyboard to move to a point of it and add and / or replace only a part, and press the key Submit.

How to Rename a File with the Keyboard

You can rename a file on macOS even without using the mouse, using only the keyboard. To do this, first go to the location on your Mac where the file of interest is located and select it using the directional arrows, then press the button Submit.

At this point, press the button backspace, in such a way as to delete the current name of the file or, if you need to modify only a part of it, move inside it using the directional arrows and type in the new name. When finished, press again Submit to ensure that these are applied.

Do you need to rename multiple files simultaneously? To do this using the keyboard, do this: if the files you want to rename are close to each other, select the first one as I indicated earlier, hold down the key shift and use the directional arrows to select the others as well. To select all files, however, use the key combination cmd + a.

How to Rename a File from Terminal

Now let's see how to rename a file on macOS from the command line or, better said, from terminal. To begin with, go to the location where the file you want to act on is located and call the Terminal by clicking on its icon (Quella with the black window with the line of code) found in the folder Other . Launchpad or by Spotlight, Siri or folder Applications say macOS.

In the window that appears on the desktop, type the following command: mv [filename] [new_filename] taking care to replace a [filename] the current file name ea [new_name_file] the new name you want to give it. Next, hit the button Submit sulla tastiera and il gioco è fatto.

How to Rename a File on Android

Renaming a file is also feasible from smartphones and tablets Android, albeit with limitations on what is possible on a computer. In this case, to succeed in your intent, you must necessarily resort to the use of a file manager. Among the various available on the square, I recommend you Google files: it is a free app, developed by the giant of research on the Net and very easy to use thanks to which, in fact, you can manage files and folders on Android.

To use it, first of all, download and install the app through the Play Store, then start it by pressing on its icon (Quella with the multicolored folder and the white background) which was added in drawer (the screen where there are the icons of all the applications) and select the file you want to rename from the section Shop by Department of the app.

Then, press on freccetta verse il basso found next to the file name, select the option Rhinomine from the menu that opens, type the new name you want to use and press the button OK, to ensure that the changes made are actually applied.

How to Rename a File on IPhone

Also on iPhone (come on iPad) it is possible to rename a file and, similarly to how seen on Android, it is necessary to contact a file manager. Personally, I recommend you to use Fillet, which is the “standard” app developed by Apple for its devices for managing files and folders on them and on supported cloud storage services.

To use it, first start the app by pressing on the relevant one icon (Quella with the blue folder and the white background) present in Home Screen. If you can't find it, it's because you deleted the app. To resolve, download it again from the App Store.

In the screen that will open at this point, go to the position where the file you want to rename is located through the section Recent o Shop by Department, press on it and continue to hold for a few seconds. Then release the grip and select the item Rhinomine give the menu to compare.

Finally, type the new name you want to assign to the file and press the item end located at the top right, to confirm and apply the changes made. Here it is!