Renaming a Document

by Allen Wyatt
(last updated October 31, 2013)

Documents seem to often take on a life of their own. You start out with a new document expecting it to be one thing, and before you know it, the document has morphed into something entirely different. This means that your original document name may no longer reflect the contents of the current document.

Fortunately, Drive and Docs makes it easy to rename your existing documents. I mention both Drive and Docs because you can do your renaming in either of them. Let's start, first, with how you rename a document in Docs.

  1. Click the document name, in the upper-left corner of the Docs interface. Docs presents a dialog box where you can enter a new name. (See Figure 1.)
  2. Figure 1. Changing a document's name.

  3. Replace the current name with the name you want to use.
  4. Click OK.

That's it; Docs changes the name show at the upper-left of the screen and saves the document under the new name.

You can also rename your documents in Drive. To do this, follow these steps:

  1. Log into Google Drive (drive.google.com).
  2. Locate the document you want to rename. (Your documents should be listed in the main Drive screen.)
  3. Select the checkbox to the left of the document name.
  4. Click the More button. (Make sure you click the one at the top of the screen, not the More link at the left of the screen.) Drive presents a number of options you can choose.
  5. Click Rename. Drive presents a dialog box where you can enter a new name. (This is essentially the same dialog box you saw when renaming in Docs.)
  6. Replace the current name with the name you want to use.
  7. Click OK.

Author Bio

Allen Wyatt

With more than 50 non-fiction books and numerous magazine articles to his credit, Allen Wyatt is an internationally recognized author. He is president of Sharon Parq Associates, a computer and publishing services company. ...

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