How to Change a Folders Name on a Mac

By K.C. Winslow

In keeping with its reputation for ease of use, the Macintosh OS X operating system makes changing the name of a folder simple and accessible. However, users who are new to OS X may encounter some confusion because changing the name of a folder is not included as a main menu option. Instead, users can change folder names by using one of three options available after clicking on the desired folder.

Step 1

Highlight the desired folder by clicking on it in the Finder window once.

Step 2

Open the editing feature for the folder title by pressing the "Return" or "Enter" key. Type the new name in the text box. Close the text box by clicking anywhere on the screen.

Step 3

Open the editing feature for the folder title by clicking on the folder title. It is important to delay this second click so that it occurs about a second after the first click that you used to select the folder. Type the new name in the text box. Close the text box by clicking anywhere on the screen.

Step 4

Change the name of the folder by going into the "Get Info" feature. Pressing Command-I or selecting "Get Info" from the "File" menu allows you to access this feature. Go to "Name and Extension" and press the triangle next to it to expand the option. Type the desired name in the text box. Close "Get Info" by clicking on the red circle at the upper left corner of the window.