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When I try to rename a file in Windows 7 by pressing F2, my screen gets darker. If I press F3, it gets brighter.

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

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Do you have an Fn key and have you tried pressing that as well? – slhck Nov 29 '12 at 14:41
Are you using a laptop? If you are you will need to press the FN key to enable the function keys rather than the media keys, your higher function keys probably alter the volume – deveneyi Nov 29 '12 at 14:44
@deveneyi As far as will need to, that depends on the laptop (not saying you're wrong, but that may not apply to future/other readers). For HP Pavilion laptops, the default fn state is controlled by a BIOS option ( – Bob Nov 29 '12 at 15:36
I always use this tried and tested method: Click the file name, wait half a second, click it again. Type new name... Presto! – Ian Atkin Nov 29 '12 at 16:51
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Your Function lock must be on. Try holding the Fn button when you press F2.

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