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When you're finished typing, press Return, Enter, or Tabor just click somewhere elseto make the renaming rectangle disappear.
You can give more than one file or folder the same name, as long as they're not in the same folder. For example, you can have as many files named "Chocolate Cake Recipe" as you like, provided each is in a different folder. And, of course, files called Recipe. doc and Recipe.xls can co-exist in a folder, too.
As you edit a file's name, remember that you can use the Cut, Copy, and Paste commands in the Edit menu to move selected bits of text around, just as though you're word processing. The Paste command can be useful when, for instance, you're renaming many icons in sequence ( Quarterly Estimate 1, Quarterly Estimate 2 , and so on).
And now, a few tips about renaming icons:
When the Finder sorts files, a space is
Older operating systems sort files so that 10 and 100 come before 2, the numbers 30 and 300 come before 4, and so on. You wind up with alphabetically sorted files like this: "1. Big Day," "10. Long Song," "2. Floppy Hat," "20. Dog Bone," "3. Weird
In Mac OS X, though, you get exactly the numerical list you'd hope for: "1. Big Day," "2. Floppy Hat," "3. Weird Sort," "10. Long Song," and "20. Dog Bone." At long last, you can get out of the habit of
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTION
Long and Short File Names
Hey, what's the deal with long file names? I thought this was the big deal in Mac OS X! But I tried saving a Word document, and it didn't let me use more than 31 letters !
It's true that you can assign a very long name to a file in the Finder. But you may soon discover that some preMac OS X programs, and even programs that have been rewritten (
) to run in Mac OS X, still limit you to 31
Over time, software companies may get with the program and rejigger their software to
Even though you can use only 31 characters when saving a new document from, say, AppleWorks or older versions of Word, you're welcome to rename the file in the Finder, using all 255 characters Mac OS X
The good news is that behind the scenes, Mac OS X still remembers its long name. Even if you edit and resave the document, you'll still find its long file name intact when you view its icon on the desktop.
In addition to the letters and numbers, Mac OS X also
Numbers come after punctuation; letters come next; and bringing up the rear are these characters: m (Option-M); p (Option-P); (Option-Z), and (Shift-Option-K).
When it comes time to rename files en masse, add-on shareware can help you. A Better Finder Rename, for example, lets you manipulate file names in a batchnumbering them, correcting a spelling in dozens of files at once, deleting a certain phrase from their names, and so on. You can download this shareware from the "Missing CD" page at www.missingmanuals.com.
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