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?

  • a reboot fixed the problem, strange have you have experienced this in the RC1? Sep 25, 2009 at 15:48

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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.


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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