How to Change the Name of a File in Google Drive

Properly naming files on your computer is important when you create a lot of data and need to be able to easily identify those creations. You may already be familiar with changing file names in Windows but, if you are a Google Drive user, you may have found that it can become a problem there as well.

Fortunately you are able to rename your Google Drive files to make them easier to identify. Our tutorial below will show you how to do this through your desktop or laptop Web browser so that you can improve the organization and identification of your Google Docs, Sheets, Slides, and whatever other files you may have uploaded to the Drive.

Rename a Google Drive File

The steps in this article were performed in the desktop version of the Google Chrome Web browser, but will also work in other desktop browsers like Firefox and Edge. There are two different methods for changing the name of a Google Drive file, and we will show both of them below.

Method 1

Step 1: Sign into your Google Drive at https://drive.google.com.

Step 2: Locate the file that you wish to rename.

select file to rename

Step 3: Right-click the file, then select the Rename option.

how to rename google drive file

Step 4: Delete the current name, enter the new name, then click OK.

enter the new file name

Method 2

Step 1: Sign into Google Drive and select the file to rename.

Step 2: Click the More actions button at the top-right of the window.

open the google drive more actions menu

Step 3: Choose the Rename option.

alternate method to rename google drive file

Step 4: Enter the new name and click the OK button.

Do you often use the version history in Google Docs, but find that it’s difficult to locate the version that you need? Find out how to rename document versions in Google Docs so that they are easier to identify in the future.

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