How do I rename a file in Windows?

Renaming a file in Windows is a relatively simple process. First, open your computer’s file explorer. You can do this by clicking the folder-shaped icon in the taskbar at the bottom of your screen. After opening File Explorer, find the file you wish to rename. Click it once to select it, then click the “Rename” button at the top of the window (or you may right-click the file and choose “Rename” from the resulting menu).

Type in the new name for the file and press “Enter” on your keyboard or click the “Rename” button again. The file should now have its new name. If you are renaming multiple files, you can select them all before clicking the “Rename” button. Then, type the new name for the first selected file and the same name will be applied to all selected files, with a number added at the end to differentiate them from each other.

If you need to replace a certain portion of an existing filename, like a date or title, you can try using the “Replace” option. This option is available when you right-click on the file and choose “Rename”. Type what you want to replace in the “Find what” box, then type the text you would like to replace it with in the “Replace with” box. This can save time if you need to make many similar changes to several files.

In some cases, it may not be possible to rename a file, as is the case with system files. Before attempting to rename any file, make sure you have full permissions to do so and it is not a “protected” system file.

You can also rename files and folders in a couple of other ways. In some versions of Windows, you can select a file or folder, pause, and then simply type the new name. In Windows 10, you can select and drag the file or folder to a new location and it will automatically be renamed with the new location.

Renaming files is a common task and it is useful to know how to do it. Following the above steps, you should be able to easily rename any file or folder on your computer.