For Seniors: How to Rename a File or Folder on Your Computer

By Mark Justice Hinton

You can change the name of any files or folders you create on your computer. Becoming better organized and revamping your collection of electronic files is quick and easy.

  1. With the mouse pointer over the file or folder you intend to rename, click the right mouse button (right-click that file or folder).

    A context menu appears.


  2. Choose Rename from the context menu.

    The file’s or folder’s current name is selected. If you type anything, you erase the current name. If you want to keep most of the current name and edit it, click inside the name or press the left- or right-arrow key to move to the place in the name where you want to type new text.

  3. Type the new name.

    The new name can be more than 200 characters long (although a dozen characters may be more than enough). You can capitalize letters and use spaces and dashes; you can’t use slashes or asterisks, which Windows 7 reserves for other purposes.

  4. When you’ve typed the new name, press the Enter key.

    Your file or folder is renamed. If you decide you don’t like the new name, you can undo the renaming and get the old name back, but you have to act now. With the mouse pointer over an empty area of Windows Explorer — not over the renamed folder or file — right-click and then choose Undo Rename from the context menu.