I’ve always appreciated the ability to open a list of files in Explorer (that is, just a regular window, or even on the desktop itself), single click on a file name, wait a sec, and then single click again to be able to quickly and easily rename a file. I think I discovered this by accident, early in my GUI experiences with PCs, which made me feel quite clever!
However, I’ve found that my mouse skills are not always up to the job, or more precisely, that I’m not always patient enough to wait that extra beat between selecting the file the first time, and the clicking the second time to edit the file name. If I click the second time too fast, what happens? Why, my oh-so-helpful computer assumes I was double clicking (albeit a bit slower that usual), and happily opens the file for me. Noooo! I didn’t want to open it, I wanted to rename it! (Could I just use “Save as” in the application it opened in, and give it the new file name? Sure, but then I’ll have two copies of the file, and now I have to go back and delete the one with the old name. Boo.)
In the course of teaching some of our Excel workshops, I learned that the function key F2 can be used after selecting a cell to enable editing. Since you can also use the click-once-pause-click-once-more to edit the contents of the cell, I wondered if that would work for renaming a file. Turns out, it does! Read the rest of “Rename a file without going nuts” »