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When I try to rename a file in Windows 7 by pressing F2, I get the "search" window. If I press F3, still I get the search window...

What is the keyboard shortcut to rename a file in Windows 7?

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closed as too localized by studiohack Dec 8 '11 at 17:41

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a reboot fixed the problem, strange have you have experienced this in the RC1? – Magnetic_dud Sep 25 '09 at 15:48
Some mysteries in Windows were not meant to be understood by simple folks like us. – harrymc Sep 25 '09 at 16:31
This question helped me. Vote to reopen. – Alan Apr 9 '13 at 1:34
I agree with @Alan. I just found this question by searching for that exact topic. How the fudge is this "too localized", for Cthulhu's sake?! Windows 7 only has about 50% of the global market share after all! (Source: – SarahofGaia Nov 11 '15 at 19:34
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It should be F2. Make sure you have a file selected. I've noticed that in Windows7 it's a little more tricky to select a file and easier to miss if a file isn't selected.

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Are you by chance using a Microsoft keyboard with the specialized function keys? There may be a key to the right of the "F" row that looks like F.

You're right, rename is F2. If the function mode is on, though, the keyboard could be sending a different command.

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