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.

Renaming a Document

Written by Allen Wyatt (last updated December 3, 2020)
This tip applies to Word 2007, 2010, 2013, and 2016


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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:

  1. Make sure the document you want to rename is not loaded into Word. (Close it if it is loaded.)
  2. Display the Open dialog box. (In Word 2007 click the Office button and choose Open. In Word 2010, display the File tab of the ribbon and click Open. In Word 2013 and Word 2016, display the File tab of the ribbon, click Open, and then click Browse.)
  3. In the list of files contained in the dialog box, right-click on the one you want to rename. Word displays a Context menu for the document.
  4. Choose Rename from the Context menu. The document name is highlighted, and you have the opportunity to change the name.
  5. Once the document name is changed, press Enter.
  6. Close the Open dialog box by clicking on Cancel.

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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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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