Faster Way to Rename Files in Windows 7

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

learn a faster way to rename files in windows 7

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.

example of a selected file or folder

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Now that you know about a faster way to rename files in Windows 7, you can use this technique and improve the speed at which you make updates to file information on your computer.

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