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Update: Google has now added a Rename folder feature to Google Reader.

Yesterday evening I devoted some time to organizing my feeds in Google Reader. I wanted to add new subscriptions, remove some others and rename folders for a better workflow. And then I realized that Google Reader doesn't have an easy way to rename folders: no "Rename" button, no option in Reader's settings, nothing. I was about to start creating new folders and moving all my feeds to them, when I came up with this little trick to rename folders in Google Reader without having to turn all your feeds upside down.

1. Enter Google Reader's Settings and click on the Subscriptions tab.

Rename Google Reader folders

2. Enter the folder name you want to edit in the filter text field on the right side.

Rename Google Reader folders

3. You'll see a list with all the feeds saved in that folder. Now click on the "Select all" option on top of the list, and right after that create a new folder with the new name on any of those feeds, by clicking on the "Change folders" button and selecting "New folder".

Rename Google Reader folders

Rename Google Reader folders

4. Go to the "More actions" menu and select the new folder you just created under "Add tag". The tag will be applied to all the selected feeds.

Rename Google Reader folders

5. Now, in that same menu, select the old folder name under "Remove tag" and voilà! All the selected feeds will be saved now under the new name.

Rename Google Reader folders

6. The only thing left is going to the Tags tab and deleting the old folder.

Rename Google Reader folders

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  • Marnie |
    13/06/08
    Marnie

    Very helpful! Thanks!

  • Mark |
    22/07/08
    Mark

    Thanks for this excellent guidance. But why won't Google Reader provide a simple way to rename a folder?

  • imacee |
    09/08/08
    imacee

    Good Job! I'm looking for it. Thanks.

  • nikolai |
    09/08/08
    nikolai

    excellent!

  • loveyou |
    17/09/08
    loveyou

    Thanks baby. It really works!

  • Fayza |
    14/12/08
    Fayza

    Thank you! Incredibly helpful!

  • Esteban |
    31/12/08
    Esteban

    Hey, it works! I did a google search on how to rename reader folder and ended up here. I followed the steps carefully, one by one. Thanks!

  • Martin |
    09/01/09
    Martin

    Thanks! Just what I needed.

  • Eleté |
    20/01/09
    Eleté

    Thanks a lot, this had been annoying me for weeks!

  • Andre |
    22/01/09
    Andre

    Thanks from Italy!

  • SynBoo |
    28/01/09
    SynBoo

    Thanks from Japan!

  • Morgan |
    01/02/09
    Morgan

    Great tip. Thanks!

  • Marcos Dell Antonio |
    28/02/09
    Marcos Dell Antonio

    nice tip :) thanks.

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  • hany3h |
    07/04/09
    hany3h

    thanksssssssssssssssssssssss man many thanks

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  • Hanne |
    24/05/09
    Hanne

    Very helpful! Thank you!

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  • Kusuma Kallur Chandrashekar |
    16/07/09
    Kusuma Kallur Chandrashekar

    i do the same think too, but its better for google to just come up with a simple rename button. I hope google is listening.

  • Zac0887 |
    21/07/09
    Zac0887

    Thanks for the tip! It was really helpful! :)))

  • Aaron |
    21/07/09
    Aaron

    Thanks for this! With as 'smart' as Google software usually is, this particular situation with not being able to simple rename a folder SHOCKS me. And they still haven't fixed it! I can't believe it......

  • Monty |
    04/08/09
    Monty

    Thanks so much - I was looking everywhere for a rename button.

  • Larry |
    07/08/09
    Larry

    nice!!!

  • Ishmael |
    10/08/09
    Ishmael

    Thanks for this tutorial. But really silly that Google does not offer a simple way to rename folders.

  • jota |
    27/08/09
    jota

    I've thought of the same.. but before doing that, I decided to google, to find the answer, and I found myself here :)

  • pixelatedmushroom |
    21/09/09
    pixelatedmushroom

    Thanks for this :)

  • Scott |
    21/09/09
    Scott

    awesome, thanks so much

  • Social Media SEO |
    07/10/09
    Social Media SEO

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  • chephy |
    24/10/09
    chephy

    This is really quite ridiculous. I think what Google is trying to do here is to wean the user off the "folder" concept. They want everything to be a label or a tag instead. This was first introduced in Gmail, and the concept is being pushed into other web apps. So if you don't like how something is tagged, you remove that tag and add a different one. That said, I still don't see why you couldn't rename tag (or, in the Googlified way of thinking about things, do a global replace of one tag by another).

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  • Lavve |
    24/11/09
    Lavve

    Great! Thank you!

  • Yao |
    02/12/09
    Yao

    I can hardly find out any reason for Google not to put "rename" into its context menu. I initially thought Google was trying to push users to use multiple "tags" on every post instead of putting them into a single folder, so that Google can utilize real human brains to better classify posts for its blogsearch engine. But wait... there is no way to rename a tag, EITHER!!!

    To me it simply seems that none of those Googlers who are participating the Reader's project has ever used delicious.com.

    Google should learn the tag-managing idea from delicious in a hard way!

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  • gajini |
    07/12/09
    gajini

    hot shit. congrats.

  • Shang Lee |
    10/12/09
    Shang Lee

    Thank you so much. The first time I did it, I did it in the long way...

  • sage |
    08/01/10
    sage

    Thanks. I am going to contact Google with the URL from your website.

  • Sam |
    16/01/10
    Sam

    Thanks for the info. Just what I was looking for.

  • Mark |
    20/01/10
    Mark

    Thanks for the tip! Strange that there is no "rename" feature.

  • joe strummer |
    31/01/10
    joe strummer

    google, the king of complicating the web and creating all things unfinished

  • nik |
    18/02/10
    nik

    Kewl u are the best. So dumb that Google didn't give a straight forward way to do it!

  • Arnaud Rinquin |
    25/02/10
    Arnaud Rinquin

    Thank you ;)

    Note : step 5 is useless.

  • Chad |
    19/03/10
    Chad

    A Canadian thank you to you.

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