Failed to rename selected object(s)

Last Published: January 8, 2021

Error Message

This article pertains to ArcGIS versions 8.x and 9.x. Later versions of ArcGIS may contain different functionality, as well as different names and locations for menus, commands and geoprocessing tools.

When attempting to rename a data set in ArcCatalog, this error occurs:

Failed to rename selected object(s).


This error may occur under one of the following situations:

  • The data may have read-only permissions
  • The data is open in ArcMap

Solution or Workaround

Follow the instructions for the specific operating system in use to check and changeĀ file or folderĀ permissions.

The Rename menu option is always enabled as permissions are only checked when actually executing the command. This was designed to improve the overall performance of ArcCatalog. 

Article ID:000003203

  • ArcMap

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