N/APosted on - 05/26/2014
I got this weird error message when I try to rename the file or folder in the computer. The error says that it cannot rename “picture” because a file or folder with that name already exists. Specify a different name. I am sure I do not have a file in that name. What might be the other issues in renaming a file? Help please. Thanks.
File and Folder Rename
Can’t rename “Pictures” because a file or folder with that name already exists.
Specify a different name.
Cannot rename picture because file with that name already exists
This error happens when renaming a file or a folder when there is another file or folder that has the same name. It doesn’t matter if the similar object is a file or a folder, as long as it uses the same name as the one you are giving your file or folder, it will not be renamed. The name you will give to your file or folder should be unique.
It doesn’t matter if the new name you’ll be using is being used by another file or folder in your hard drive, as long as the other file or folder is not located in the current path, you can use the name. The new name you will use should be unique in the current path.
In your case, since the error appears when you are renaming a folder or a file, check each file and folder in the current path if there is one that uses the name. If you didn’t find anything with the same name, maybe it is hidden. Open Windows Explorer then click Tools and then select Folder Options. Select View tab then select “Show hidden files and folders”.
Click OK and then check the current path again for a file or folder with the same name. If you found it in one of the hidden objects, just use a different name for your file or folder.