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I am a new user to Linux and am using Ubuntu 12.04. I would like to know if there is any way to rename files by clicking on file name and not using right click.Can anybody please help me with this?

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Please consider accepting one of the answers (tick/check mark on left) if you feel they solved your problem. Thanks :) – izx Aug 2 '12 at 14:34
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  1. Select (click on) the file, and press F2
  2. The filename will be highlighted as shown below; simply type the new name and press Enter to rename the file.

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If your HUD is enabled, press Alt to show its prompt, write rename (or the equivalent translation in your Ubuntu idiom) and press Enter to rename. Of course, you have to select the file and/or folder before.

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I have all my data on NTFS partitions. Then I use Windows to instantly rename anything I like, when I like. Mouse only; no (hardware) keyboard needed.

Linux does not have a click-counter, so each file-rename can be tedious: multiple clicks. Perhaps somewhere someone has written some kind of script to avoid unnecessary clicks on the GUI, but I've yet to discover it over the last several years.

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