Keyboard Shortcut to Rename a File on Windows 10, 7, 8.1 and 8

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Windows comes with a lot of nifty features and it is currently the most used operating system in the world. Even in 2018, Windows 7 has the biggest market share in Windows versions being used and after that comes Windows 10.

There is a reason why Windows takes up such a big market share and it is due to the availability and usability of any kind of hardware for a PC. One more reason is that it is such an easy OS to use and most of us have grown up while using computers that run on Windows.

It comes with many productivity features like keyboard shortcuts and even a personal assistant in the latest version i.e. Windows 10.

Talking about keyboard shortcuts, there are a lot of keyboard shortcuts that one can use on Windows. In this post, we will share how you can easily rename files using just your keyboard.

Keyboard Shortcut to Rename a File on Windows 10, 7, 8.1 and 8

This works on any version of Windows that you might be running. It will work even on Windows 7 and the feature was carried out on Windows 8, 8.1 and even Windows 10 which is the current version of Windows.

You don’t even need to know any complicated keyboard combination in order to rename a file. All you need to do is select the file using your keyboard arrow keys in an already opened window and press the F2 key and this will directly ask you to rename the file.

Renaming Files in a serialized manner using Keyboard

The keyboard rename shortcut is also useful in case you want to properly organize and rename a bunch of files in a serial order. You can look at the GIF below to understand how it works.

rename file using keyboard windows

Now, to achieve this, you don’t need to do anything extra. Just select everything you want to rename in a serial order in the open window. The selection can be done using the arrow keys on your keyboard while keeping the SHIFT key pressed while choosing different files.

Once the files are selected, all you need to do is press the F2 key on your keyboard and rename the selected file to whatever name you want and all the other files will be serialized in that manner.

This works extremely well and can work with any kind of file including PDFs, photos, videos or any file that you might have. This is useful in the case if you have a lot of files that you organize. Let’s say you just went on a vacation and you want to organize the photos properly, you can use this keyboard shortcut in order to rename them in the better manner. Also, since they are serialized, they will be easier to track and see which one was taken when and so-on.

This rename keyboard shortcut works well with Windows 7, 8, 8.1 and Windows 10. I performed it on Windows 10 and you can see it worked without any issues.

In case you want to undo the rename, just try the undo keyboard combination that is Ctrl+Z and this will undo all the rename you just did.

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