El Capitan File Rename

There have been tons of articles online about new features and improvements in El Capitan. I have posted a few myself. Since El Capitan has been released I wanted to mention one tiny “improvement” that is a big deal for me.


What I am talking about is the renaming of files! To me renaming files in OS X is just a total pain! Here is a file on my El Capitan install:

The first thing you have to do is select the file:

Then, you either have to click on the file name again or hit the return key:

Only then can you type in the new name.

However, Apple has taken a page from Windows in El Capitan. All you have to do now is right click on the file and select “Rename” from the dropdown menu:

El Capitan then leaves you with the file name selected. Just type in the new name and you are good to go.

One more thing, I can do the same thing using my PathFinder Finder replacement application. You have to add the “Rename” function to the Contextual Menus in the Preferences first. Then when you right click on a file you get this menu:


When you choose “Rename” it gives you this little window, a nice touch:


Type in your new name and hit “OK”. You are ready to move on to other things.

I know this is a very minor consideration, but it is so much easier than the old way. Just plain efficient. I am sure there will be some other small improvements to discover in El Capitan. Looking forward to it.