Using Windows, pressing TAB will finish renaming the current file and start renaming the next one in the list. This is the behaviour I'm looking to replicate on macOS.

Enter > Down > Enter would not work as the first Enter would likely alter the file's placement in the list. Assume that batch renaming is not applicable here.

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    In scenarios like this, I switch to Icons view from any one of the List view, Columns view or Cover Flow view. Doing so keeping the file/folder placement unaltered even after rename. This doesn't completely removes the pain of renaming multiple items, but at least reduces it a bit. – Nimesh Neema Apr 2 '18 at 16:00

EnterDownEnter will work and the file will retain its position, if the Finder / View / Arrange By is set to None.



1 Select a file and press Enter to edit its name.

2a Press Tab twice in order to go to the next file.

2b You may instead of (2a) press Tab then navigate with arrow keys. Use this if View/Arrange By is set to something other than None.

  • This does not result in the requested behaviour unfortunately. – B. Johansson May 13 '18 at 17:11

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