When I'm on my Windows computer and using iTunes, I can conveniently hit the F2 key when I have a song selected, rename the song using the in-line edit field that appears, and then hit Enter to commit the change. No mouse or Get Info dialog is used in the process.

Is there a keyboard-only method in iTunes on OS X for quickly renaming a song?

On OS X, I can avoid iTunes' Get Info dialog by using the mouse to click twice ... not double clicking, but rather: click, wait, click again .. (and getting the timing right is annoying!) Such clicking activates in-line editing functionality (so I know it exists) but it requires the mouse. How can I activate the in-line editing functionality with just the keyboard?

I tried F2 on OS X and that didn't work. I also tried Enter, which can be used to in-line edit file names in Finder, but that didn't work either :-/

I'm interested in renaming files with the keyboard only because I have a ton of songs imported with "Artist Name - Song Name" titles to correct.

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    As an alternative to renaming the tracks manually, there are various scripts on the Doug's Applescripts for iTunes site that could help automate it - dougscripts.com/itunes/index.php
    – nekomatic
    Commented Jan 7, 2016 at 9:23

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There sure is.

When you have a song selected, you can press + return and it will allow you to quickly edit the song title.

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    Thank you! Works. I'll mark this as accepted as soon as I can (there's a minimum 10 minute wait :-) Would you happen to know if there is a list of iTunes keyboard shortcuts anywhere? Commented Mar 16, 2012 at 13:28
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    Yes, sir. It's on Apple's website. I'm not sure if that one is on there or not. I just happened to know about it already.
    – Matt Love
    Commented Mar 16, 2012 at 13:32
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    Thanks; that list looks familiar. Yes, oddly, the shortcut in your answer for renaming a file is not on that list, or I'd have learned about it sooner. :-) Would be nice if Apple accepted feedback on such pages. Commented Mar 16, 2012 at 13:37
  • You can always provide Apple with feedback on their feedback site. Not sure if it does anything, but at least you'll be heard by somebody :)
    – Matt Love
    Commented Mar 16, 2012 at 13:38
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    Enter (⌤ or fn-return) should also be equivalent to ⌘↩.
    – Lri
    Commented Mar 16, 2012 at 18:49

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