In Windows 10, there are several folders in the user library (Desktop, Documents, Downloads, Music, Pictures, Videos):
How can I rename them?
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Set your Folder Options to show hidden and system files. You'll then see a file called
desktop.ini in each user folder. The one in Desktop contains this:
[.ShellClassInfo] LocalizedResourceName=@%SystemRoot%\system32\shell32.dll,-21769 IconResource=%SystemRoot%\system32\imageres.dll,-183
Other folders may have more entries, but they're not relevant here. The
LocalizedResourceName line is what lets Windows know to display a translated folder name. You can change its value to a constant string, like so:
LocalizedResourceName=Top of the Desk
Consider making a back-up of these
desktop.ini files in case you want to put the localizable default back. You can also use a semicolon (
;) to comment out lines in INI files.
Once you're done, log off and back on. (Restarting
explorer.exe is not enough.) Your custom name will appear in Quick access, This PC, and every place that supports localized folder names.
No need to edit the
desktop.ini file directly. While the Folder shortcuts under This PC don't offer the
Rename command in their context menus, their corresponding target folders do.
So, from This PC:
Fron there it can be renamed through any of the standard methods --- all of which actually modify the
desktop.ini file rather than actually renaming the folder in the filesystem.