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The best way to rename a catalog is to NOT do this, and instead organize within your catalog, where you have dozens of organizational tools.
However, if you must, renaming does not affect image quality or any other aspect of your work.
"Safely"? So Laura Shoe is implying there is an unsafe way to do this that should be avoided? I can't imagine what the unsafe method would be.
Hi Paige- Perhaps "Problematic Free" would be a better description.
Renaming the Catalog, Previews folder, Smart Previews folder, all in the same format, is helpful, and many beginners (like I once was.. maybe still am) appreciated the "safe" way to do things in the Lightroom world.
It is not easy to understand when version updates create the "-2" name change and we get catalog file names like "My Lightroom Catalog-2-2" running in version 6.8.
Agreed that the name is not important- if we only ever have ONE catalog. But renaming multiple catalogs helps understand their place in the operating file system.
I am a little confused when the OP means by "renaming the existing catalog IN Catalog"- Is Gerhard really referring to renaming Collections, or folders?