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Mac Tip - Renaming Files

Here's something for the "how did I not know this?" category.

On Leopard/Snow Leopard, if you want to rename a file, you click on it, pause, and click again. However, somehow lately my machine interprets that as "double click" and opens it, no matter how slowly I click. (Possibly a mouse preference got changed somehow, who knows?)

I was trying to re-name some files to meet the listing requirement of "no spaces" at ARe, and it was driving me nuts. Click-pause-click, and Calibre would launch. No, that's not what I want. Rinse. Repeat. I opened the same file five...damn...times.

In my frustration I decided to try and find a better way, and lo and behold, click-return did EXACTLY what I needed it to.

Fiendishly simple.

Here's the post where I found the four-year-old info: http://www.tuaw.com/2007/04/26/mac-101-a-simple-trick-to-rename-files/

Better late to the party than never.

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( 4 comments — Leave a comment )
orehime
Sep. 10th, 2011 12:33 am (UTC)
Oh.My.God! *cries over all the hours she's spent accidentally opening applications*
How could I have not known this ALL THIS TIME!?!?!? /o\
jordan_c_price
Sep. 11th, 2011 08:59 am (UTC)
You and me both!
(Anonymous)
Sep. 11th, 2011 02:45 am (UTC)
Another thing to keep in mind...
...like the comment thread of that tip says, if you're opening files by accident a lot, you might want to check your double-click speed preference (System Preferences, Mouse). Perhaps you have it set too slow for how you actually work? Just a thought.

Kendall
jordan_c_price
Sep. 11th, 2011 08:59 am (UTC)
Re: Another thing to keep in mind...
After I found the click-return solution, I had that very thought, Kendall! But I just looked and my double-click set to about 85% toward the "fast" end of the continuum.

I've had two "OMG that makes my life easier" responses so that makes me happy.
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