Frequently Asked Questions - change file name

FAQs - change file name
Here you will find questions and answers to common Windows topics.
How do I rename a file on my computer?

Renaming a file on your computer is a very easy task and there are several ways you can do it. We will tell you about a couple of those ways and you can choose what is best for you.

The first thing you need to do of course is to find the file you want to rename. You can use Windows\File Explorer to browse to where you have the file stored. Once you find the file you can right click on the file itself and choose Rename from the menu that pops up.

Once you click on Rename you will notice that the file name is highlighted allowing you to either erase the current name or type right over it with the new name.

Windows will only highlight the name and not the file extension which is the last 3 characters after the dot (period) in the name assuming your computer is set to show file extensions rather than hide them which is the default. Be careful when renaming your files that you don’t change the extension otherwise it Windows won’t be able to open the file until you change it back to what it is supposed to be. File extensions tell Windows what program the file should be opened with. If you don’t see the file extension that just means that your computer is configured to hide file extensions which is normal by default.

After you type in the new name simply press Enter or click anywhere off the file and it will have its new name. Keep in mind that you can’t use special characters such as < > : " / \ | ? * in your file name. Spaces and other things such as exclamation points are ok though.

If you want to rename multiple files at once you can highlight all the files you want to rename, right click on the first file and choose Rename. Then type in the name of the file and press Enter. All the other files will get the same name but with a number after them. For example if you wanted to rename them all Vegas they would look like Vegas (1), Vegas (2), Vegas (3) and son on.

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