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Rename a group of files or folders
By  Super Admin  | Published  02/26/2005 | Miscellaneous Page 1 | Rating:
Rename a group of files or folders

Open the explorer folder that contains the files and do the following:

(be careful not to include any critical windows system files or folders when applying this technique.  back up with system restore first if you're not sure.  also, it only makes sense to apply it to files of the same type.)

1. Highlight the files and/or folders to be renamed (remember to hold down the CTRL key to select non-adjacent files); or hold  CTRL-A to select all the files and folders in a given folder

2.  Let the mouse hover over the file that you wish to be the first in the series

3.  Hit the F2 key or Right-click and select "Rename"

4.  Type in the new name for the batch of files you've selected (don't forget to type in the extension if needed, for example .mp3 or .jpg)

5.  Hit the Enter key to change the names.  The files will remain highlighted and should have sequential names like "rename (1).txt" and "rename (2).txt".  If you're not satisfied, simply hit F2 or select "rename" again and do it over.


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  • Comment #1 (Posted by an unknown user)
    Worked Perfect ! I needed to reneame a group of pictures. thanks!
  • Comment #2 (Posted by an unknown user)
    I have lots of pictures named DSCxxxx.jpg. I really want to give them meaningful names. This seems to be a useful way of doing it within Windows. The test I did worked a treat. Thank you for the tip.
  • Comment #3 (Posted by an unknown user)
    Been a windows user for a long time, only found this trick today ...thanks!
  • Comment #4 (Posted by an unknown user)
    Windows is limited. One cannot rename a group of files and change the extension. Also, numbers and spaces are inserted and parentheses. For example, I used a utility to convert 450 files with the extension of .FLV to .MPG. Trouble is, the utility renamed each file (filename) .flv.mpg what a mess! The filenames (prior to the dot or period) are important. I needed a quick way to keep the filenames while deleting the .flv and leaving the .mpg extension. It would be easy in MS/DOS using the old 8 + 3 filename.extension system. However, in Windows XP it's impossible. I'm now looking for a piece of freeware to save me a couple of hours of time... and of course, Murphy's Law will intercede and it will take more time to find a batch utility, download and install it, read the instructions... then screw things up, and finally repair the incorrect filenames than it would take to just muddle on through and change the filenames manually one-by-one. :-)
  • Comment #5 (Posted by an unknown user)
    Thanks a lot!!!!!!
  • Comment #6 (Posted by an unknown user)
    nice one . thanks
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