When I do a search of my mp3 folder, I cannot rename any of the files that appear in the search results window. Yet, I CAN rename that same file if I locate it manually in the mp3 folder. The problem is there are too many mp3 files to search for them manually each time I want to change the name of one of the files. Is this a settings issue? Any help is appreciated.
In Windows 7, you can't rename then when the search results are display on the Start Menu, but you can in an actual Search window.
Results/options from Start Menu search (no Rename):
Results/options in full Search Window:
I have met the same problem. Whenever you search for files in Windows 7's Windows Explorer, you can't rename the files in the search results if the filename is longer than a certain limit, which in my Windows 7 is 128 characters (including extension, and doesn't take into account the path where the file is in).
When you try to rename the same file in Windows Explorer in a normal folder (not in a search result), you can do it as long as the filename's length, including drive and path, is less than MAX_PATH (currently 260 characters/bytes on all modern Windows AFAIK). That is the normal limit, and I don't know why renaming in the search result has a different limit. Probably the edit box has a different coding (who knows why).
My answer is: I don't know of any way to circumvent this limit, and I've searched long about this annoying problem and found nothing at all. You'll have to do with any of the excellent third party renaming utilities that are available. I personally use BRU which is free (http://www.bulkrenameutility.co.uk/). It is still annoying to find this problem because unless you're searching and renaming many files at once, usually search withing Explorer is much faster and comfortable. Until you hear that annoying "beep".