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When renaming a file, I tried to do Ctrl-A (I wanted to select all then Ctrl-C copy).

However to my shock that shortcut doesn't work.

Does anyone know what key combinations do we need to press to select all the text while renaming a file?

(Windows Vista Home Premium sp2)

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F2, works for me. – Moab Aug 29 '11 at 22:27
Am I correct in assuming you have disabled "hide extensions of known file types?" – Keltari Aug 29 '11 at 22:41
@keltari yes, but how does it affect the question? – Pacerier Aug 29 '11 at 23:00
@Pacerier, just explaining why its happening – Keltari Aug 29 '11 at 23:02
Duplicates because it's the same question, but with different words – random Aug 29 '11 at 23:04
up vote 3 down vote accepted

Press home, then press Ctrl-Shift-End

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This answer is correct. If you have disabled "hide extensions of known file types," then the highlighting stops at the extension of the file. This is a safety feature to prevent breaking the association of the file accidentally. – Keltari Aug 29 '11 at 22:42
btw why do you need Ctrl-Shift-End ? Shift-End seems to work fine for me – Pacerier Aug 29 '11 at 22:46
@keltari the Ctrl-A doesn't work regardless of whether the extension is selected or not, the Ctrl-A basically does nothing. – Pacerier Aug 29 '11 at 23:13
If the name wraps onto two or more lines you will probably need Ctrl-Home then Ctrl-Shift-End. Home will only take you to the beginning of the current line and Shift-End will only select to the end of the current line. – Richard Aug 30 '11 at 17:33

Try what works in Windows 7 - use Shift-End

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