There are many ways to rename files in OS X but most people use one of two approaches: either click-pause-click or click-return. And if you're used to using one style, the other style can prove a welcome surprise for your Mac-fu arsenal. In click-pause-click, you move your cursor to a file or folder, select it, wait a second and then click again on the name
. A text edit field appears over the name and you can rename the file as desired. This is the renaming style I've most used over the years but there's a far easier way, and that's click-return. In click-return, you select a file or folder and then press the return key. Without having to wait, or worse, accidently open a file by double-clicking when you meant to rename, the text edit field instantly appears.