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Renaming folders/tags in Google Reader

I can’t believe that there isn’t a built in way to rename tags within the Google Reader UI!  Shocking.

Quickest way I’ve found is to export your feeds (Settings | Import / Export), edit the XML by hand (fortunately my 100 or so feeds are organised within ~12 folders), delete all of your subs from GReader and reimport your edited XML list.

I wonder if the GReader UX guys are having trouble deciding between Folder and Tag for classification.


  1. chris says:

    You could also select to Settings:Subscriptions, filter the list by the folder you want to rename, select all and assign the feeds to a new, renamed folder. Then, you can remove them from the old folder. You can then delete the old folder’s tag completely from Settings:Tags.

  2. Macca says:

    Yup, that’d work also but i’m not sure there’s much between the two in terms of speed!

    I actually just googled this to see if there’s another way but it seems that these are both pretty much the common ways.


    Still a bit perplexed as to why they haven’t added this in..

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