I need to rename a shapefile.
Is it ok to simply use Windows Explorer to manually rename each of the three related files that comprise the shapefile?
I am using QGIS.
It is safest and best practice to rename shapefiles in an automated fashion to avoid errors in any of the associated files. You can use the Windows command line
ren function and a wildcard
* to easily rename shapefiles and all their associated files. Keep in mind this will rename the original. For example:
ren C:\path\to\your\shapefile* renamed_shapefile*
Alternatively, you can copy your shapefile and all the associated files to a new location using the
copy C:\path\to\your\shapefile* C:\path\to\another\directory\renamed_shapefile*