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For Seniors: Rename a Windows File or Folder

You may want to change the name of a Windows file or folder to update it or make it more easily identifiable from other files or folders you have created in the past. Just follow these simple steps:

1

Locate the file that you want to rename by using File Explorer.

On the Desktop, click the File Explorer icon on the taskbar, and then browse to find the file you want to rename.

2

Right-click the file and choose Rename.

3

The filename is now available for editing. Type a new name, and then click anywhere outside the filename to save the file with its new name.

You can’t rename a file to have the same name as another file located in the same folder. To give a file the same name as another, cut it from its current location, paste it into another folder, and then follow the procedure in this task. Or open the file and save it to a new location with the same name, which creates a copy.

Be careful, though: Two files with the same name can cause confusion when you search for files. If at all possible, use unique filenames.

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