I end up with lots of screen shots that look like this:


Obviously after a while I do not know what they are.

So I open them in Preview to see, and would like now to change the file name to something meaningful.

How do I change screenshot name while viewing in Preview.

Or is there a way to name the screen shot at the time it was taken (without auto assigning the file name). Basically, take the screenshot- pause + popup asking to name the file before it is saved, while it is still fresh in my memory what it was.

Right now I have to exit Preview while trying to remember the

"ยง$%&/()?*โ˜‚๐Ÿ’€โ˜ ๐Ÿ˜ค

and rename it in Finder.

I can skip the Preview and use Finders Icon or Clover view but that is not the point of my question.

Edit: My Preview must be broken since I do not have the Pull down popup

pull down

Preview Version 7.0 (826.4)

MBA 10.9.5

  • You could also use Cover Flow view in Finder. Then you can see exactly which file you are renaming.
    – Ɱark Ƭ
    Commented Apr 20, 2015 at 17:54
  • @Mark, I believe to have specified that in my Question already (see last sentence)
    – Ruskes
    Commented Apr 20, 2015 at 17:58
  • It's easier than icon view as you shouldn't have to change the icon's size. It's also why I left a comment and not and answer, it doesn't fit your criteria, but I thought it might be helpful.
    – Ɱark Ƭ
    Commented Apr 20, 2015 at 17:59
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    I just noticed on 10.10.3 that the arrow doesn't appear until you hover the cursor over the filename in the title bar.
    – Ɱark Ƭ
    Commented Apr 20, 2015 at 19:09
  • I am hovering.... and nothing, it might be the Mavericks or my Preview.
    – Ruskes
    Commented Apr 20, 2015 at 20:04

4 Answers 4


I am using Yosemite (10.10) but I believe this feature has existed for a long while...

Simply open the file in preview and click on its name at the top of the preview window.

See screenshot:

Preview rename interface

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    Excellent screen shot, but you forgot the "์›ƒ"
    – Ɱark Ƭ
    Commented Apr 20, 2015 at 17:55
  • Well my Preview must be broken. I do not have pull down arrow.
    – Ruskes
    Commented Apr 20, 2015 at 17:56
  • Might be a 10.10 only feature
    – nohillside
    Commented Apr 20, 2015 at 18:03
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    I had it and used it all the time! But when I reinstalled, it has disappeared. Any idea how to turn it back on?
    – uhoh
    Commented Apr 14, 2016 at 12:59
  • I also lost this pull down menu. Commented Apr 18, 2016 at 15:56

As of June 11 2015 I have not found a solution how to rename a file while in Preview on Mavericks. (10.9.5)

There is also no Save-as function so any changes are saved over the original file.

The defaults write com.apple.Preview ApplePersistence -bool no does nothing.

My work around is to use the "Export" where I can rename and save the file.


Instead of opening the file in Preview, you could

  • select the file in Finder
  • press Space to show the picture
  • press Enter (even with the screenshot still showing) and rename the file

Rather than using Preview you could select the files in Finder and use the Quick Look icon to check the contents. I only actually use Preview for multi-page files or those with lots of detail. (I actually use similar in my File Manager QuollEyeTree which is much easier to rename.)

  • Thank you, the problem is I got used to use Preview :( was hoping someone can cam up with a script that would ask to enter file name during the screenshot process.
    – Ruskes
    Commented Apr 20, 2015 at 20:54

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