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How to Rename your File or Folder in Windows 11 – PC | 3 Easy Ways

Do you want to rename your file or folder and you can’t find the options in Windows 11? And can you find the ‘Rename’ option in the new menu on Windows 11 File Explorer? In this article, I will show you 3 ways which you can use to rename your file or folder in Windows 11 PC, and understand the new elemental changes in Windows 11.

Windows 11 comes with a refreshing interface, a centered taskbar, improved settings, and other major and minor changes. Although users have mixed reactions to these changes, Windows 11 is generally easier to use. You can check our other articles to learn more about Windows 11.

3 Ways To Rename Your File or Folder in Windows 11

Since Windows 11 brings other changes, one of the main changes you may have noticed (from previous versions of Windows) is that there is no “Rename” option in the context menu when you right-click on a file or folder. Windows 11 improved the context menu, cleaned it up, and honestly, it looks much better now. So, how do you rename a file/folder on Windows 11?

Renaming files in Windows is no longer the same, so it’s time to get familiar with the new process. There are three ways to rename a file, and we discuss each method in a separate subheading.

1. Rename a File or Folder from File Explorer Command Bar in Windows 11

Windows 11 also has a “rename” icon and other icons in the new command bar. The command bar at the top has a bunch of related options, making it easy to navigate through them.

  • To rename a file from the command bar at the top, first, choose the file and then tap on the ‘Rename’ icon in the ‘Command Bar’.
  • Now, type a name for your file or folder and hit Enter.
Rename your File or Folder in Windows 11 from the Command bar
Using the command bar to rename your file

2. Rename a File or Folder using Rename Icon in Context Menu in Windows 11

  • To rename a file in Windows 11, right-click on it, and tap on the ‘Rename’ icon at the top or bottom of the context menu.
  • Note that you can also select the file and press the F2 Key to rename a file.
  • Then, type your desired name for the file and hit Enter to save the changes.
Rename a File or Folder using Rename Icon in Context Menu in Windows 11
Using Context Menu to Rename a file

3. Rename a File or Folder from the Legacy Context Menu in Windows 11

Although Windows 11 improved the context menu, it did not completely abolish the old format that we know and use for many years. For those who need time to adjust, the old context menu may still be the Go option when using Windows 11 File Explorer.

  • To rename a file or folder using the old menu, right-click on the file and tap on ‘Show more options’ in the context menu.
  • Note that you can simply select the file and press the SHIFT + F10 keyboard shortcut to reveal the old menu.
  • Now, you will see the legacy context menu on the screen, tap on the ‘Rename’ option from the menu and give a new name to your file or folder.
Rename a File or Folder from the Legacy Context Menu in Windows 11
Show more options>rename

Final Words

These are 3 simple ways that you can use to rename your file or folder in Windows 11. In addition, the latest version of Windows 11 also has many changes, and it may take a few days to recognize and get used to all the changes. After learning how to rename files, you should be one step closer. If you want to learn more about Windows 11 and other OS systems you can go through our articles. Good Luck!


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