What Is The Shortcut Key To Rename A File In Mac?

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If you're a Mac user, you know keyboard shortcuts are for almost everything. From quitting an app to taking a screenshot, there's a shortcut key for almost everything. So, it stands to reason that there would also be a keyboard shortcut for renaming a file, and there is! This blog post will show you what it is and how to use it. 

The Shortcut Key To Rename A File In Mac

Method 1: Using Return Key

  1. Open the folder which contains the file that you want to rename. 
  2. Click on the file to select it. 
  3. After that, press the "return" key. This will enable you to edit the name of the file. 
  4. Now, type the new name for the file and press the "return" key again. 
  5. Close the window, and your file will be renamed. 

Method 2: Use The Finder

The first method is to use the Finder. To do this

  1. Open the Finder and find the file that you want to rename.
  2. Once you've found it, click on it once to select it. 
  3. Then, press the Return key. 
  4. This will open up a text field where you can enter the new name for the file. 
  5. Once you're done, press the Return key to save the changes.

Method 3: Use The Terminal

The process is slightly different if you want to use the Terminal to rename a file. 

  1. First, open the Terminal and type in 'mv' followed by a space. 
  2. Next, drag and drop the file you want to rename into the Terminal window.
  3. This will automatically populate the path to the file. 
  4. Afterward, type in the space and enter the file's new name. 
  5. Finally, press the Enter key to run the command.

Viewing Your Files

Before you can rename a file on your Mac, you need to see the files you have saved. To do this:

  1. Open Finder and click on the "Files" tab in the sidebar.
  2. This will open up all the folders on your computer where you have saved files. 

If you don't see the "Files" tab in the sidebar, don't worry! You can always add it by going to Finder > Preferences > Sidebar and checking the box next to "Files." 


As you can see, renaming a file on Mac is a pretty simple process. And once you get used to keyboard shortcuts like this, they'll become second nature. So why not try renaming some of your files today? You might be surprised at how much easier it is than using your mouse or trackpad.