How to Fix Unable to Rename Folders on Windows 11?

Facing Issues with Renaming Folder Name on Windows PC. Here is the Simple Guide to Fix Unable to Rename Folders on Windows 11.

Are you unable to rename the folders in Windows 11? Check these troubleshooting methods to resolve that problem now. Properly naming or renaming a folder helps you to organize the content on your PC. That, in turn, makes it easier to locate the folders among a dozen folders saved on your PC.

Sometimes if the folder is in use, then you cannot rename it. Also, if Windows Explorer has some issue in it, such as a bug, then there may be an issue in renaming the files. Again, if the controlled folder access has been enabled, then you may not make changes to the folders on a PC. Often in an office, only the network admin or the manager has permission to make changes to a folder. Not everyone can rename a folder. Even having viruses or malware on your PC can stop you from renaming a folder in windows 11.

Tips to Fix Cannot Rename Folders on Windows 11

Let us begin the troubleshooting to fix folders not renaming on Windows PC.

1. Update Windows 11

To fix any bug issues, install any new update that may be available for Windows 11.

  1. Go to the settings by pressing Windows + I.
  2. Click Windows Update.
    click on Windows Update
  3. Then click Check for Updates.
    check for latest Windows updates
  4. Let the system look for an available new build of Windows 11.
  5. Click on Download Now to start downloading the update.
    download windows 11 update

2. Restart the Windows Explorer

To fix any glitch in Windows Explorer, you can restart it.  Follow the steps below.

  1. Launch the Task Manager by pressing Ctrl + Shift + Esc.
  2. Click on the Processes tab.
  3. Now, from the list of processes, navigate to Windows Explorer.
  4. Right-click and select Restart.
    restart windows explorer

3. Is the Folder in Use?

Before you attempt to rename any folder, close them if they are already in use. You won’t be allowed to rename a folder if it is open for any program on Windows OS. This applies to any folder that may be present on your PC hard drive or connected to your computer through an external USB drive.

4. The Folder is Present in an External Drive

When you insert an external drive to the PC and use a folder from that, the folder may still show on the recently accessed folder section under Windows Explorer. This is when you have ejected the external drive already.

Now, if you click on that said folder, it will open a blank folder as its host; the external device has been removed. In such a condition, you cannot rename a folder unless you have copied it to the PC or the USB storage is still connected.

5. Scan your PC for Viruses

Maybe your PC is infected with computer viruses or malware. It is a common reason for not being able to rename folders on Windows 11. You will randomly see that a folder randomly acts buggy, and you are unable to rename it.

Although Windows Defender is smart enough to know the malware presence on your PC, you can manually search for it too. Here is how to do it.

  1. Press the Windows key to bring up the search console.
  2. Type Virus & Threat protection. Click Open when the item shows up.
    open virus and threat protection windows
  3. Now, click on Scan Options.
    scan options Windows security
  4. Select Full Scan > Click on Scan Now.
    perform full scan Windows 11

6. Perform a Clean Boot

The issue of bugs and other system processes getting corrupted usually happens when you install several third-party apps on the PC. To fix that, you can perform a clean boot on Windows 11.

  1. Press Windows + R to bring up the Run dialog box.
  2. Type msconfig and press enter.
    open msconfig
  3. Click the Services tab.
  4. Navigate to Hide All Microsoft Services and click on the check box.
  5. Also, click on Disable All.
    hide all microsoft services
  6. Click on the tab Startup > Click on Open Task Manager.
  7. You will be redirected to a list of third-party apps installed on your PC.
  8. Right-click on any third-party app and click Disable in the pop-up menu.
    disable a third party app
  9. You can repeat the previous steps for other third-party apps as well.

Once the above steps are done, restart your computer. Now, try to rename the folders on it. It should work without any issues.

7. Manage Ownership of a Folder

Here is how you can change the ownership of the folder.

  1. Right-click on the folder > Select Properties.
    folder properties
  2. Then in the properties dialog box, click on the Security tab > click on Advanced.advanced security settings of folder Windows 11
  3. Now, click on Change.
    Change folder permission
  4. Select Yes when a prompt appears asking you to confirm that you want to make changes to the permission of the folder.
  5. Type the Username you have in the User Group dialog box and click Check Names.
  6. Click on OK.
    check names
  7. Now, click on the box near the option “Replace owner on subcontainers and objects“.
  8. Click Apply and Click OK to end the process.

8. Disable Controlled Folder Access on Windows 11

Controlled folder Access is a good feature on Windows 11 to stop anyone from making changes to a folder. You need to disable it on your PC if you want to take control of the folders and rename them.

  1. Open the Virus and Threat protection section under Windows Settings.
    open virus and threat protection windows
  2. Click on Manage Ransomeware Protection.
    manage ransomware protection
  3. Now, click the toggle beside Folder Control Access to turn it off.
    disable controlled folder access
  4. Rename the folders as per your requirements.
  5. Once you finish the renaming, then follow steps 1 to 3 and re-enable the folder control access on Windows 11.


To keep the data on your PC in organized manner and to make accessibility easier, you should be able to name or rename your folders. On Windows 11, if you are not able to rename the folders, follow the tips I have shared in this guide. You can fix the issues in no time.

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