How to Rename Files on an Apple

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.

...
It is very easy to rename files on a Mac.

Without a Program

Step

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

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

Hit the "Enter" key.

Renaming Files with BatchFileRename

Step

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

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

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

Step

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

Step

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