How to Rename Folder in Windows 10


This tutorial will show you different ways to rename a folder in Windows 10.

If a folder is currently in use, for example by a program, Windows will not allow you to rename it.

If you rename more than one folder at the same time, the new name for each folder will be new folder name, new folder name (1), new folder name (2), etc...


 CONTENTS:






Rename Folder in Windows 10 OPTION ONE Rename Folder in Windows 10
Rename Folder using Keyboard Shortcut

1. While on your desktop (Win+D) or in File Explorer (Win+E), select the folder(s) you want to rename. (see screenshot below)

2. Press the F2 key.

3. Type a new name for the folder(s), and press Enter or click/tap on another area.

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Rename Folder in Windows 10 OPTION TWO Rename Folder in Windows 10
Rename Folder from File Explorer Ribbon

1. Open File Explorer (Win+E).

2. Navigate to and select the folder(s) you want to delete. (see screenshot below)

3. Click/tap on Home tab, and click/tap on the Rename button in the ribbon.

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4. Type a new name for the folder(s), and press Enter or click/tap on another area. (see screenshot below)

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Rename Folder in Windows 10 OPTION THREE Rename Folder in Windows 10
Rename Folder from Context Menu

1. Open File Explorer (Win+E).

2. Navigate to and select the folder(s) you want to rename.

3. Perform the action you want to do below: (see screenshot below)

A) Right click or press and hold on the selected folder(s), and either press the M key or click/tap on Rename.

OR

B) Press and hold Shift key and right click on the selected folder(s), release the Shift key, and either press the M key or click/tap on Rename.

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4. Type a new name for the folder(s), and press Enter or click/tap on another area. (see screenshot below)

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Rename Folder in Windows 10 OPTION FOUR Rename Folder in Windows 10
Rename Folder from Properties

1. While on your desktop (Win+D) or in File Explorer (Win+E), navigate to the folder you want to rename.

2. Right click or press and hold on the folder you want to rename, and click/tap on Properties. (see screenshot below)

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3. In the General tab, type a new name in the top field, and click/tap on OK. (see screenshot below)

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Rename Folder in Windows 10 OPTION FIVE Rename Folder in Windows 10
Rename Folder in PowerShell

For more Rename-Item command usage details, see: Rename-Item | Microsoft Docs

1. Open PowerShell or an elevated PowerShell depending on the required rights to rename the folder you want.

2. Type the command below into PowerShell, and press Enter. (see screenshot below)

Rename-Item -Path "Full path of folder" -NewName "New Name" -Force

Substitute Full path of folder in the command above with the actual full path of the folder you want to rename.

Substitute New Name in the command above with the actual new name you want to rename the folder with.

For example: Rename-Item -Path "C:\Users\Brink\Desktop\Folder" -NewName "Folder new name" -Force


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3. When finished, you can close the Powershell window if you like.






Rename Folder in Windows 10 OPTION SIX Rename Folder in Windows 10
Rename Folder in Command Prompt

For more ren command usage details, see: ren | Microsoft Docs

1. Open a command prompt or an elevated command prompt depending on the required rights to rename the folder you want.

2. Type the command below into the command prompt, and press Enter. (see screenshot below)

ren "Full path of folder" "New Name"

Substitute Full path of folder in the command above with the actual full path of the folder you want to rename.

Substitute New Name in the command above with the actual new name you want to rename the folder with.

For example: ren "C:\Users\Brink\Desktop\Folder" "Folder new name"


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3. When finished, you can close the command prompt window if you like.


That's it,
Shawn