How to Rename Files on an Apple

By Kathryn Rateliff Barr

Renaming files on an Apple Macintosh is a very simple process. There are several ways to accomplish this. It is however, necessary to remember some rules if you plan to share the file with a PC. Macs will let you include punctuation in file names, and Windows does not.

Things You'll Need

  • BatchFileRename software (optional)

Without a Program

Step 1

Click on the icon for the file you want to rename. Either pause for a couple of seconds and click in the text box that pops up or hit "Enter."

Step 2

Type the new name of the file. You will need to add the file extension to the file name if you plan to share the file with a PC.

Step 3

Hit the "Enter" key.

Renaming Files with BatchFileRename

Step 1

Drag and drop file icons onto the icon for BatchFileRename if you need to rename a batch of files. Apple offers this program as a demo in its system disk utilities downloads.

Step 2

Choose the "Rename" option from the pop-up box. Options include adding a prefix or suffix, trimming characters from the start or end of the name, serializing the file names, replacing the name, replacing text and reverting to the previous name.

Step 3

Click "OK" and enter the requested information in the pop-up box.

Step 4

Click "OK" and the program renames all your files.

Step 5

If you make a mistake, you can choose "Revert to the Previous Name" and the program will undo the changes.