Renaming or Deleting File Folders

by Barry Dysert
(last updated January 12, 2015)


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). 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 and 8.

Author Bio

Barry Dysert

Barry has been a computer professional for over 30 years, working in different positions such as technical team leader, project manager, and software developer.  He is currently a senior software engineer with an emphasis on developing custom applications under Microsoft Windows. ...


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2015-01-12 13:11:25

Scott Renz

Thanks for the tip on the Windows + E shortcut to go to Windows Explorer.

2015-01-12 11:52:28


When you use the delete key it is too easy to delete the parent folder of the folder or file you actually want to delete.

Windows Explorer will shade both the active and parent folders you are working on (in their respective panes) and it can be easy to overlook which folder will be deleted when you press delete (however you are prompted in the confirmation dialog box.

Because in my rush I've deleted the parent folder by mistake too many times, I prefer to select and right click directly on the folder I want to delete and use the context menu to delete it.

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