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Copy and paste filenames without delays Desktop
I've always copy and pasted file and folders names into documents (well I'm a lazy typist and poor speller, especially with some designers' bizzare naming conventions). In OS9, I used to single click and wait for it to highlight (as if I was trying to rename the file). It still works in X but here's the killer bit. You don't have to wait until the name is in its change state (which BTW takes forever in X or another single click). But in X, just highlight (even in column mode), copy and paste ahoy. This could be old news but it helps lazy people like me bigtime.

[Editor's note: This is probably a side-effect of the new Finder copy and paste files trick, with this side-benefit of making it easier to copy and paste one or more filenames into a document.]
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Classic, actually
Authored by: baba on Nov 02, '01 02:28:39PM

This existed in Classic, as well. Open a folder. Select all, copy,
then paste into a document. You have a nice list of the folders files.

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Renaming files
Authored by: sabi on Nov 04, '01 12:41:48AM

Pressing return (back to System 6 at least, I don't remember any earlier) will allow you to rename files, or copy the name, without the delay. From 8.5 (8.0?) until 10.0.x you could also edit by choosing Get Info. Thankfully the name editing was moved in 10.1, I have accidentally renamed files far too often that way.

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