Word/Excel should let me rename my document while I am editing



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Word/Excel should let me rename my document while I am editing

Postby SmFyZWQ » Tue, 16 Jun 2009 12:39:01 GMT

Renaming a document is one of the most common things I do day-to-day, and yet 
in all this time there's never been a feature as simple as File --> Rename to 
rename the document I'm currently editing.  Instead, we have to save the 
document, close it, rename it in explorer, and then re-open the file.

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Re: Word/Excel should let me rename my document while I am editing

Postby Doug Robbins - Word MVP » Tue, 16 Jun 2009 12:59:23 GMT

Just save it with a different name.  No need to close it to do that.  If you 
want to delete the originally named document, you can then do that at your 

Hope this helps.

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Re: Word/Excel should let me rename my document while I am editing

Postby SmFyZWQ » Tue, 16 Jun 2009 13:10:01 GMT

Hi Doug,

I'm aware I can do that.  It's just not the same thing as renaming, because 
I have to go and do the cleanup you described, which seems unnecessary.

I'm pointing this out as an obvious, simple feature that we should expect 
applications to provide, but they typically don't.  Instead, they make us go 
and do the work :)

Thanks for the response though,


Re: Word/Excel should let me rename my document while I am editing

Postby Suzanne S. Barnhill » Tue, 16 Jun 2009 13:31:56 GMT

Not to mention that a file Saved As loses some of the properties of the 
original file. But from what little I know about file handling in Word (and 
Windows), I just can't imagine that it would be possible to rename an open 
document any more than it would be to move it. In fact, even with a document 
closed, if you are using Preview view in the Open dialog, you will probably 
not be able to rename it (or even delete it) because Word considers it open.

Suzanne S. Barnhill
Microsoft MVP (Word)
Words into Type
Fairhope, Alabama USA

Re: Word/Excel should let me rename my document while I am editing

Postby macropod » Tue, 16 Jun 2009 13:43:39 GMT

Hi Jared,

In a workgroup situation, where files need to be properly indexed, the capacity you ask for could cause havoc. It can also break 
links between files etc. So, in general terms, it's better to require people to use the tools provided by the OS for such 
activities. Besides, why build into the apps functions that properly belong to the OS?

[Microsoft MVP - Word]

Re: Word/Excel should let me rename my document while I am editing

Postby Graham Mayor » Tue, 16 Jun 2009 13:46:00 GMT

The reason is the temporary lock file which opens with the document and 
restricts the opening of the document to the current user. You can always 
close the document and rename it from the file open dialog.

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