Is there a way to rename an application so I can search for it with Spotlight?

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I don't see a rename option there.

  • This sounds a bit like an XY Problem - why do you think the solution to your issue is to rename it? What is your actual issue? maybe there's another way. [Renaming apps doesn't always do what you'd think, but that's for a different question]
    – Tetsujin
    May 23, 2019 at 18:19
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    OK, I found the X to this Y - apple.stackexchange.com/questions/360747/… Renaming an app you are trying to run multiple copies of will not help you. The OS isn't really looking at the name. The solution is to not try to do this.
    – Tetsujin
    May 23, 2019 at 18:21
  • Let's get back to the problem. Why the app isn't found by spotlight. What folder is the app in? Have you excluded this folder from the spotlight search? Look in apple icon > system preferences > spotlight May 23, 2019 at 19:12
  • I have some websites that are packaged into applications using a chrome extension and I want to name them - this: applicationize.me/now which I found via makeuseof.com/tag/website-desktop-mac-app May 23, 2019 at 19:41

1 Answer 1

  • Select Show in Finder
  • Select the name of the app
  • Press enter
  • Type the new name

Bob’s your uncle. You might need to quit the app before the rename works or shows in the dock, though.

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    This will work for some but not all applications. It depends on how the app is implemented. May 23, 2019 at 19:10
  • For sure @historystamp - we’d need a follow on question naming the app in that case.
    – bmike
    May 23, 2019 at 21:33

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