Submit Hint Search The Forums LinksStatsPollsHeadlinesRSS
14,000 hints and counting!

Use the Enter key in list views for instant renaming Desktop
After creating a new folder, or making any Finder change name action for that matter, hit the Enter key (not the return) key and the Finder will immediately allow you to enter a suitable name. No repeat clicking or selecting are necessary anymore; just hit Enter and change the name (with thanks to Wiebe Hoogeveen for this HINT).

[robg adds: This one took me a bit of time to figure out, as I wasn't experiencing the same thing on my machine. It turns out that this is an odd quirk with list view only; icon view, column view, and the desktop (being an icon view) all work fine when you just start typing after creating the folder. Since I seldom use list view, my preliminary testing didn't show the problem. Also, on my machines, both Enter and Return work to allow instant name changes; I'm not sure why the author's Return key doesn't work as mine does. A very similar but later hint submission by nunz provided the crucial bit of info on list view -- thanks!]
  • Currently 1.00 / 5
  • 1
  • 2
  • 3
  • 4
  • 5
  (1 vote cast)

Use the Enter key in list views for instant renaming | 3 comments | Create New Account
Click here to return to the 'Use the Enter key in list views for instant renaming' hint
The following comments are owned by whoever posted them. This site is not responsible for what they say.
Apple Bugreporter
Authored by: evands on Apr 08, '03 11:39:23AM

The quirk with list view file and folder naming is known to Apple's programmers; I filed a bug report a while back and was told that it was a known issue that they were working on fixing already... hopefully the next point release will include the fix.

[ Reply to This | # ]
works on Ibooks
Authored by: macfeller on Apr 08, '03 02:52:07PM

Sort of, on 16VRAM 600 MHz, X 10.2.4. In List view only the Enter key worked. In Column view both Enter and Return. Curiouser and curiouser.

[ Reply to This | # ]
Apple Bugreporter
Authored by: Chris Haynes on Apr 08, '03 03:28:48PM

I bugged it too, way back in 10.2. Four point releases later and it's not been fixed :( They'll get to it though. Don't worry.


[ Reply to This | # ]