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What To Do When You Can’t Rename A File Or Folder In Windows 10?

Reader Question:
“Hi Wally, My computer is doing a strange thing when I try to rename a file. It keeps refreshing and doesn’t let me rename it. I’m using Windows 10, please help.” – Katelyn L., USA

Before addressing any computer issue, I always recommend scanning and repairing any underlying problems affecting your PC health and performance:

  • Step 1 : Download PC Repair & Optimizer Tool (WinThruster for Win 10, 8, 7, Vista, XP and 2000 – Microsoft Gold Certified).
  • Step 2 : Click “Start Scan” to find Windows registry issues that could be causing PC problems.
  • Step 3 : Click “Repair All” to fix all issues.

Setting up weekly (or daily) automatic scans will help prevent system problems and keep your PC running fast and trouble-free.

Wally’s Answer: Windows 10 has mostly seen a positive response. Around 75 Million activations of Windows 10 were recorded in the first 30 days of its release. Here we will look at the file rename problem in Windows 10.


The computer doesn’t let the user rename a file or folder in Windows 10.


Here are some ways to fix the file rename problem in Windows 10:

Reasons Why You May Not Be Able To Rename A File or Folder

Sometimes you cannot rename a file or folder because it is still being used by another program. You have to close the program and try again. You also cannot rename important system files because they are protected by the Windows operating system.

There are also times when you will be told that the file name/address is too long. Make sure file and folder names are not made up of sentences.

This can also happen if the file has already been deleted or changed in another Window. If this is the case then refresh the Window by pressing F5 to refresh it, and try again.

How To Rename A File or Folder In Windows 10

It is very simple. All you need to do is:

Right click the file or folder > click Rename > type in the new name

Windows 10 - Rename - right click - Rename -- Windows Wally

How To Rename A File In Windows 10 Use The Command Line

  1. Press Shift + Right-click a folder which contains a file that you want to rename.
  2. Click Open Command Window Here
    Windows 10 - Rename - Shift + Right-click - Open Command Window Here -- Windows Wally
  3. Use the following command to rename a file:
    rename “filename” “new_filename”

Before using rename command:

Windows 10 - Rename - Command Line - Before -- Windows Wally

After using rename command:

Windows 10 - Rename - Command Line - After -- Windows Wally

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Is Your PC Healthy?

I always recommend to my readers to regularly use a trusted registry cleaner and optimizer such as WinThruster or CCleaner. Many problems that you encounter can be attributed to a corrupt and bloated registry.

Happy Computing! :)

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