How to Rename a File or Folder in Windows 11

In this Article you will learn how to Rename a File or Folder in Windows 11. Changing the name of a folder or file in Windows 11 is a breeze. In fact, you could accidentally change the name of a folder by fast clicking without even realising it. You can rename a file or folder by simply right-clicking on it.

There are several methods for renaming a file or folder. You can select a file or folder and then click the Rename command on the File Explorer menu, or you can right-click on the file or folder and select Rename, or you can scroll to show more options to see the rename command on the context menu.

The option to name a folder is located on the File Explorer menu and is easily accessible. However, we are not accustomed to changing the name of a file or folder using the File Explorer menu.

What you should know about renaming files and folders in Windows 11 is as follows:

  1. When you rename a file or folder, only the name is changed. The content of the file or folder will remain the same.
  2. If a file or folder is open or being accessed by a program or another user, you cannot rename it.
  3. You can not use certain characters in the file or folder name. These includes, \ / : * ? ” < > |
  4. You may rename several files and folders at the same time, however, this is not advised since all of the files and folders will have the same name and a number given to them.


Rename a File or Folder in Windows 11

There are different ways to rename a file or folder in Windows 11.

Rename a File using Rename Icon in Context Menu

To rename a file in Windows 11, right-click on it and select the ‘Rename‘ icon from the context menu at the top or bottom. You can also select the file and then press the F2 key to rename it.

Type the new name and press enter to save the changes.

Rename Using Folder using Show More Options

  • To rename a file or folder, right-click on it and select Show more options.
  • Now, click Rename.
  • Type the new name and press enter to save the changes.

Rename a File from File Explorer Command Bar

Along with other icons, Windows 11’s new command bar includes a ‘Rename’ icon. The command bar at the top contains a plethora of relevant options, making it much easier to navigate through them.

To rename a file from the top command bar, select it and then click the ‘Rename‘ icon in the ‘Command Bar.’

then you can enter the desired name for it.

Rename a File/Folder using Keyboard Shortcut

  • Now Select a file or folder and then press F2 or FN+F2.
  • Type the new name and press enter to save the changes.

Rename Using Folder Properties

Right-click on the folder, choose to Show more options and then select properties.

folder properties window will pop up. In the General tab, type a new folder name and then select OK.

Rename a folder/File using Command Prompt (CMD)

The ren command in Command Prompt allows you to rename folders. Use the command below.

Following ren Enter the exact location of the file, folder, or Disk it is on.

As an example, My file is on Disk D, and the name of my file is Hi, so you should run the following command.

ren D:Hi Hello

So this article was all about How to rename a folder/file in Windows 11, I hope this post helped you out.

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Faraaz Ali: I'm a seasoned How-To content creator. I like creating and sharing articles on various operating systems, such as Android, Windows, macOS, and iOS, as well as other gadgets, such as a smartwatch and smart TV, as a tech enthusiast and geek.

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