Please Note: This article is written for users of the following Microsoft Word versions: 2007, 2010, 2013, and 2016. If you are using an earlier version (Word 2003 or earlier), this tip may not work for you. For a version of this tip written specifically for earlier versions of Word, click here: Renaming a Document.
by Allen Wyatt
(last updated November 21, 2015)
There is no intrinsic command within Word that allows you to rename documents or files, as there is in some other programs. It is true that you can simply save a document under a new name, but that results in two files on your drive instead of one. You can use the following steps to rename a document quickly and easily, all within Word:
WordTips is your source for cost-effective Microsoft Word training. (Microsoft Word is the most popular word processing software in the world.) This tip (10667) applies to Microsoft Word 2007, 2010, 2013, and 2016. You can find a version of this tip for the older menu interface of Word here: Renaming a Document.
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