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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!]
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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.



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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.
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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.

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