Quickly rename files in Explorer with F2 and the TAB key

Today we would like to show you a rather unknown function in Windows Explorer , with which you can rename files very quickly and easily . Above all, this solution is very helpful because you do not need the mouse to rename the files and can only work with the keyboard. All you need are the F2 and TAB keys .

F2 and TAB

We would like to show you the exact function using an example. Suppose you have about 10 files in one directory, all of which are to be renamed individually in order. Then it looks something like this.

Explorer F2 and TAB

Now you must first select the first file and can now by pressing the F2 key in the

Rename mode

switch. This function will still be known to most.

Now, however, the TAB key comes into play. After you have renamed the file accordingly , you should not press Enter, but the

TAB key

actuate. This completes the renaming process and the Explorer moves to the next file and remains in renaming mode, as you can see in the image below.

Rename files quickly using the TAB key

In this way you can gradually rename the files and jump to the next file with the tab key . The Enter key would interrupt the process.

If you want to jump back to the previous file, you can do this by pressing the SHIFT key in addition to the TAB key .

So you can use the keyboard of your PC to rename the files in bulk and in succession without having to use your mouse. This saves a lot of time when renaming files. If you know more tips or tricks around Windows Explorer, we would be happy to receive a comment at the end of this article.

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