Written by Barry Dysert (last updated April 23, 2018)
As you use your system more and more, you may come to wish that your folders had different names. Or you may discover that you don't need a particular folder and can therefore delete it. Renaming and deleting file folders are simple tasks in Windows.
The easiest way to rename or delete a folder is by using Windows Explorer (Windows 7) or File Explorer (Windows 8 and Windows 10). To display your version of Explorer, press the Windows key (it has the Windows logo on it) and the letter E. Navigate to the folder you wish to rename or delete. At this point there are a couple of ways you can proceed. If you want to rename the folder, you can right-click the folder and select "Rename" from the Context menu. (See Figure 1.)
Figure 1. Renaming a folder.
The folder name will then be highlighted so that you can immediately begin typing its new name; finish by pressing Enter. The other way to rename a folder is to first select it (a single click), and then click it again. This will cause the folder name to be highlighted, and you can type its new name, finishing by pressing Enter.
Deleting a folder follows a similar pattern and can be done in either of two ways. One way is to right-click the folder and select "Delete" from the Context menu. The other way is to first select it (a single click), and then press the Delete key on the keyboard.
This tip (12310) applies to Windows 7, 8, and 10.
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