Slowly double-click to rename
Is it just me or is double clicking slowly to rename a file just awful? I cannot count how many times I accidentally rename a file when I'm trying to click and drag or double click or anything.
If you set Windows to "single-click to open an item" mode then you avoid that problem. Trouble is that you if you want to rename something you need to hover over it for a while and then click F2 (or right-click > rename), which seems to take an age. Is there no sensible solution out there?
I use the single-click-then-F2 system (I use traditional style desktop, not web-style desktop). It really bugs me when apps don't support F2 and instead make me "slow double click". :-p
Brad Wilson (dotnetguy.techieswithcats.com)
Huh? I just right click on the file and select rename. In practice most of the time I just use the Cmd Here option on that menu and fire up a command prompt and use the keyboard.
I quite like the slow-double-click-to-rename method. I guess I must just have highly developed motor skills :-P
John Topley (www.johntopley.com)
I always use the "Right-Click / Select Rename from the menu" method. One of the annoying things about this is the fact that "Delete" is right above "Rename" and I sometimes delete a file that I'm trying to rename. Thank goodness "undelete" actually works.
F2 all the way, baby!
It's not great but much better than a right-click or shortcut.
I think several people have missed the gist of the UI complaint: They aren't asking whether that's the best way to rename a file, but whether having rename mapped to a interface behaviour (clicking on a file twice but more slowly than that which would register as a double click) that people do often by accident is wise (not the comment about renaming by accident). I completely agree with them, and on a similar them I think the system shouldn't commit a "new folder" addition until you've changed the name of it -- How many times has one accidentally clicked the similar "new folder" icon in the comon file dialog when intending to go up a level.
I don't think you actually have to double click, but it seems like that way. When the thing is already selected, you do a single click on the filename, and then wait a sec.
Just to clarify since there seems to be some confusion about how this actually works, it's not really a slow double click. The exact behavior is single clicking the label of a selected file. It works regardless of how the file has been selected or how long ago the file was selected.
It's usually when double clicking that I accidentally rename. It's very easy to click too slowly, to accidentally move the mouse, etc.
We're all power users, and the GUI quirks of various OS's are lost on us because we've been doing them for so long.
Thanks. I got it during the Win2K beta from someone in one of the MS beta newsgroups. It's one of those neat little tricks that when it's missing you realise quite how much you use it.
OS X: click once on file name, wait a second... done. Or, click the icon and press 'return'. (That was the first thing I noticed when going to Macs (well, second, actually, after the missing mouse button) --that 'return' didn't open the file/app.
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