The right-click shortcut menu in Windows 7 is very useful and once you start using it, you will find that it becomes your preferred method for performing actions on files or folders. I had always used right-click and Rename when I wanted to change the name of a file or folder, but this method can be a little tedious if you need to rename a lot of files in a row. Fortunately there is a faster way to change the name of a file in Windows 7 that only requires you to press a key on your keyboard.
Rename Files with a Keyboard Shortcut in Windows 7
Like many of the more helpful functions in Windows programs, such as Ctrl + C to copy or Ctrl + P to print, a simpler way to rename a file or folder will rely on a keyboard key. Instead of right-clicking the file and selecting Rename, as in the image below
Simply press the F2 key on your keyboard after you have selected the file. This can be used on selected files in a Windows Explorer window, or for selected files on your Desktop. It may not seem like it at first, but this will save you a lot of frustration and time if you start using this method to rename a lot of Windows 7 files or folders.
*A selected file is the one that is currently selected, as in the image below. It is usually indicated by a bluish-gray bar highlighting the file or folder name.
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