How to Change a Name on Scanned Documents

By Meaghan Ellis

Scanned documents are digitally copied images of physical documents. Once the image is scanned, the virtual duplicate of the physical image is automatically stored to the scanner's default folder on the computer. After the image of the scanned document is saved to the computer, select file properties can be altered just as any other file. To change the name on the document use the standard procedure to rename document files. With just a few clicks and a new name entry, you can change the name on any scanned document in less than a minute.

Changing a Name on a Scanned Document on Windows

Step 1

Access the file folder where the scanned documents are stored on the computer.

Step 2

Locate the first scanned document file, and right-click its current title.

Step 3

Select the "Rename" action in the pop-up menu. This action will create a blank text field over the scanned document file's existing name.

Step 4

Type a new name for the scanned document in the blank text field.

Step 5

Hit the "Enter" key on the keyboard to lock in the change.

Changing a Name on a Scanned Document on a Mac OS

Step 1

Go to one of the scanned document files you want to rename.

Step 2

Single-click over the current name of the scanned document file.

Step 3

Press the "Return" key on the computer's keyboard to highlight the current document file name. The highlighted field will be used for the new name.

Step 4

Enter the new name for the scanned document file in the highlighted field.

Tips & Warnings

  • Do not select multiple scanned document files simultaneously. With document name changing, you'll need to change the name of each document individually. Selecting multiple files at the same time will only rename all of the files to one specific name.