How to Cre­ate and Rename Fold­ers on Mac

Danny Maiorca

After using your Mac over time, it is tough to stay organized if you can't keep your files in check. That said, you can manage and organize your file neatly. The only thing you need to do is create new folders and rename old ones.

Working on mac on desk

But how do you sort your folders out like this? If you’ve found yourself asking that question, you’re in the right place. In this article, we’ll walk you through the steps for creating and renaming folders on your Mac.

The steps in this article apply to all Mac devices, regardless of whether you have a laptop or desktop computer.

How to Create Folders on Mac

When you create a new folder on your Mac, you can either choose to do so on your desktop or within another existing folder. Regardless of which you prefer, the process is both straightforward and identical.

Follow the steps below to create a new folder on your device.

Step 1: In the place you want to add your folder, Hold the Ctrl button down and click on your trackpad. After doing this, a dropdown menu should appear where you clicked.

Step 2: From the list of options, pick New Folder – which is the first choice on the menu.

Create new folder on mac desktop

Step 3: You’ll need to give your folder a name. Otherwise, your Mac will call it “untitled folder”. To do this, all you need to do is type in whatever you want to call it.

Name new folder on mac

Step 4: Click anywhere else on the screen, and the changes will take effect.

How to Rename Folders on Mac

Part of optimizing your Mac means keeping things up to date. If you don’t like the name of the folder, you can always change it later.

When you create one, renaming a folder on your Mac doesn’t take much effort and is pretty simple. The steps below will walk you through the entire process.

Step 1: On the folder, you want to rename, hold down the Ctrl button and click on your trackpad at the same time.

Step 2: When the list of options appears, you should see one called Rename. This is the fourth choice down and will be within Get Info and Compress “[folder name]”.

Rename mac folder

Step 3: Click on the Mac folder’s name when the drop-down menu disappears.

Mac rename folder text box

Step 4: Remove the old text and type in the new name you want to give to your folder.

Renamed folder on mac

Step 5: Click anywhere on your screen, and the changes will take effect.

When renaming a folder on your Mac, it’s important to remember that you must not click elsewhere before changing the name. If you do, you won’t get the desired results and will need to go through this process from the beginning again.

How to Fix Mac Won’t Rename Folder

In some instances, you might run into issues while renaming your Mac folder. One of the most common is using characters you’re not allowed to, such as dots.

If you encounter this problem, you’ll see the following message appear on your screen:

Mac renaming error

Fortunately, this problem is easy to fix. Simply try renaming your folder again, but use only characters that you’re allowed to. You should find that the problem resolves itself after that.

When trying to rename a folder on your Mac, you might also find that you can’t find a Rename option on the dropdown menu. If this is the case, it means you’re not allowed to rename this file for one reason or another.

Can I Rename Mac Folder Later

Yes – you can rename your Mac folders as many times as you want, as long as you’ve got the permission to do this. To do so, the steps are identical to the first time you changed its name.

It’s also worth noting that when you rename a primary folder, you don’t need to worry about anything happening to folders that might be inside of it. You would need to rename each of these individually if you wanted to make this alteration.

Customizing Mac Name Folders

So, there you have it – a complete guide to creating and renaming folders on your Mac device. These two actions are some of the most basic you can do with your device but are still worth keeping in mind because you’ll no doubt need them at some point.

Since you’ve got all the information you need for creating and renaming Mac folders, now’s a good time to go through your device and make sure all your files are in check. By doing this, you’ll improve your productivity.


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Danny specializes in writing about iOS and macOS for Guiding Tech. He is a freelance writer with an extensive portfolio in the technology sector, which spans across some of the industry's biggest publications. Danny lives Copenhagen, Denmark, having been born in the UK.