1. To rename a file or folder on Windows, begin by navigating to the directory containing your file or folder. You can do this in several ways. If you know the path to the file or folder, you can type it in the address bar of File Explorer, or open an Explorer window and navigate there directly.
2. Once you’ve found the file or folder you want to rename, select it by clicking on it once. This will highlight the file or folder in the list. If you’re renaming multiple files or folders, click and drag your mouse over them to select all of them at once.
3. With the file or folder selected, press the F2 key on your keyboard. This will enter Edit mode for the file or folder, allowing you to change its name. If you’re renaming multiple files or folders, pressing F2 will enter Edit mode for the first item in the selection.
4. Begin typing in the new name for the file or folder. As you type, the current name will be replaced with your input. Make sure the new name you input is appropriate and follow existing naming conventions.
5. Once you’ve entered the desired new name for the file or folder, press the Enter key on your keyboard. This will submit the new name and rename the file or folder. If you’re renaming multiple files or folders, each one will be renamed with the same name, followed by a number (e.g. “New Name (2)”).
6. To exit Edit mode without renaming the file or folder, press the Esc key on your keyboard. This will cancel the edit and keep the original name in place.
7. The file or folder is now renamed — you can close the Explorer window or continue browsing your files and folders.