Renaming or Deleting File Folders

by Barry Dysert
(last updated April 23, 2018)

3

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.

Author Bio

Barry Dysert

Barry has been a computer professional for over 35 years, working in different positions such as technical team leader, project manager, and software developer. He is currently a software engineer with an emphasis on developing custom applications under Microsoft Windows. When not working with Windows or writing Tips, Barry is an amateur writer. His first non-fiction book is titled "A Chronological Commentary of Revelation." ...

MORE FROM BARRY

Customizing What Appears on the Right Side of the Start Menu

You're probably used to seeing your Start menu appear a certain way. But is it the most effective display for how you ...

Discover More

What is the Purpose of the Application Event Log?

The Application event log holds messages generated by applications and services. This tip explains more about it.

Discover More

Using Powercfg to Export and Import a Power Scheme

You can export to a file your power schemes and then import them later on. The only caveat is that you must be running as ...

Discover More
More WindowsTips

Creating Your Own File Folders

In the general course of using your system, you will likely create many new files. It's a good idea to organize your ...

Discover More

Changing a Disk Drive's Name

Disk drives, in Windows, can have names. You can easily use Windows Explorer to change the name of a disk drive on your ...

Discover More

Accessing a Network Drive

Being on a network is great because it allows you to share resources among the networked systems. Being able to access a ...

Discover More
Subscribe

FREE SERVICE: Get tips like this every week in WindowsTips, a free productivity newsletter. Enter your address and click "Subscribe."

View most recent newsletter.

Comments

If you would like to add an image to your comment (not an avatar, but an image to help in making the point of your comment), include the characters [{fig}] in your comment text. You’ll be prompted to upload your image when you submit the comment. Maximum image size is 6Mpixels. Images larger than 600px wide or 1000px tall will be reduced. Up to three images may be included in a comment. All images are subject to review. Commenting privileges may be curtailed if inappropriate images are posted.

What is 7 + 2?

2018-04-24 06:51:19

Barry

Hi Mark,

Probably the simplest way to schedule automatic folder and file deletion is to create a basic task with Task Scheduler that invokes a batch file to do it. There's another tip around here that tells how to use the Task Scheduler.


2018-04-24 03:30:32

Mark Tooke

Hi Barry,

Is there a way to schedule automatic folder and file deletion on a specified future date?

Regards,

Mark Tooke


2018-04-23 12:31:19

len richard

highlight folder, press F2


Newest Tips
Subscribe

FREE SERVICE: Get tips like this every week in WindowsTips, a free productivity newsletter. Enter your address and click "Subscribe."

(Your e-mail address is not shared with anyone, ever.)

View the most recent newsletter.