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Mac Minute – Renaming Files

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I was working on a project for a client the other week and I had to rename over 150 files. Each file had a unique name so I could not use batch edit to change all of the names at one time. Previously I was using Mac’s “click-pause-click” to change the names. I simply clicked on the file name, paused then clicked again. This works great most of the time. but it started to drive.me.crazy every time I didn’t pause long enough and ended up opening the file instead.


There is another way, thankfully. It’s the “Click-Enter” method. Move your cursor over the file you want to edit, click and hit enter. You can then edit the title, hit enter and you’re all set.

No more accidentally opening files!

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  • Audra
    April 7, 2011 at 3:04 pm

    Oh.My.Goodness! How helpful is this?!?! I HATE the click-pause-click method! So glad there is another way!

    • Donna
      April 8, 2011 at 9:11 am

      I’m with you. When I was trying the click-pause-click method I would ALWAYS open the file. It really drove me crazy!!

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