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There are two ways to rename columns when using the cbind function in R:

**Method 1: Rename Columns After Using cbind**

#cbind two vectors into a matrix new_matrix #rename column names of matrix colnames(new_matrix) new_vec1', 'new_vec2')

**Method 2: Rename Columns During cbind**

#cbind two vectors into matrix and rename columns new_matrix

The following examples show how to use each method in practice.

**Example 1: Rename Columns After Using cbind**

The following code shows how to use **cbind** to bind together two vectors into a matrix and then rename the columns of the matrix afterwards:

#create two vectors vec1 #cbind the two vectors into a matrix new_matrix #view matrix new_matrix vec1 vec2 [1,] 1 7 [2,] 3 7 [3,] 3 8 [4,] 4 3 [5,] 5 2 #rename columns colnames(new_matrix) new_vec1', 'new_vec2') #view matrix new_matrix new_vec1 new_vec2 [1,] 1 7 [2,] 3 7 [3,] 3 8 [4,] 4 3 [5,] 5 2

Using this method, weâ€™re able to **cbind** together the two vectors into a matrix and then use the **colnames()** function to rename the columns of the resulting matrix.

**Example 2: Rename Columns During cbind**

The following code shows how to use **cbind** to bind together two vectors into a matrix and simultaneously rename the columns:

#create two vectors vec1 #cbind two vectors into matrix and rename columns new_matrix #view matrix new_matrix new_vec1 new_vec2 [1,] 1 7 [2,] 3 7 [3,] 3 8 [4,] 4 3 [5,] 5 2

Using this method, weâ€™re able to rename the columns of the resulting data frame during the **cbind** function.

The benefit of using this method is that weâ€™re able to use the **cbind** function and rename the columns using a single line of code.

**Additional Resources**

The following tutorials explain how to perform other common tasks in R:

How to Use cbind in R (With Examples)

How to Use rbind in R (With Examples)