Unable to find the ‘Rename’ option in the new menu on Windows 11 File Explorer? Here’s a quick guide to help you rename a file and understand the new elemental changes in Windows 11.
Windows 11 comes with a refreshing interface, centered taskbar, revamped settings, amongst other major and minor changes. While there is a divided response from the users on these changes, Windows 11 as a whole is much more user-friendly.
One of the major changes (coming from previous versions of Windows) that you may have noticed is the absence of the ‘Rename’ option in the context menu when you right-click on a file or folder. Windows 11 has revamped the context menu, uncluttered it, and to be honest, it looks a lot cooler now. So, how do you rename a file/folder on Windows 11?
Renaming a file on Windows isn’t the same anymore, so it’s time you get acquainted with the new process. There are three ways you can rename a file and we have discussed each under a separate sub-heading.
Rename a File using Rename Icon in Context Menu
To rename a file in Windows 11, right-click on it, and select the ‘Rename’ icon at the top or bottom of the context menu. Alternatively, you can also select the file and press the
F2 key to rename a file.
Then, type the new name for the file and press
ENTER to save the changes.
Rename a File from File Explorer Command Bar
Windows 11 has the ‘Rename’ icon in the new command bar as well, along with other icons. The command bar, at the top, has a bunch of relevant options which makes navigating through them a lot easier.
To rename a file from the command bar at top, select the file and then click on the ‘Rename’ icon in the ‘Command Bar’.
Now, you can enter the desired name for it.
Rename a File from the Legacy Context Menu
Although Windows 11 has revamped the context menu, it hasn’t completely done away with the old format that we known and used for ages. For those who take time to acclimatize, the legacy context menu could still be the go-to option when it comes to using Windows 11 File Explorer.
To rename a file using the old menu, right-click on the file and select ‘Show more options’ in the context menu. Alternatively, you can simply select the file and press
SHIFT + F10 keyboard shortcut to reveal the old menu.
The legacy context menu now appears on the screen, select the ‘Rename’ option from the menu and give another name to the file.
Windows 11, the latest iteration, has introduced a lot of changes and it might take a few days for you to identify and get used to them all. After learning how to rename a file, you are certainly a step closer.