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Rename multiple files from Windows Explorer

For Windows XP, 7
Version 3.0
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Download note: you must install the 32-bit or 64-bit download that matches your Windows installation. If you are not sure what type of Windows you are running see: Am I Running a 32-bit or 64-bit Version of Windows?

This free utility integrates directly into Windows Explorer. After installing the utility, you use it by selecting the files you wish to rename in Windows Explorer, then choosing "Batch Rename..." from the right-click context menu.
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Batch rename supports:

 Wildcard

Use a wildcard ('*') to copy the current name of the file to the new name. You use the wildcard character along with other text to give the file a new name.

Example: You've made copies of files from your digital camera that you now wish to modify. You want to differentiate these files from the originals.


Sequence character

The colon (':') character indicates that you wish a sequence number to be inserted in the new filename. This is especially useful when you wish to rename a selection of files using a new base name and a sequence number.

Following the ':' you can enter a sequence starting number. By entering a number you can specify the starting number and also specify the number of digits each sequence number should contain. For example ":001" means start at one, and also specifies that each sequence number should be three digits long.

Example: You have an assortment of picture files you took while on vacation in Hawaii. You would like to give these files a name that indicates what they are about.


  Re-date files

Another special case entry is to enter a single asterisk in the 'Rename to:' field. Instead of renaming the files, the utility will re-date the files to the current date in the order shown.

Example: Simply enter a single asterisk in the 'Rename to:' box, then click the OK button. The files you've selected will be re-dated in the order listed in the preview box.


Also...

  • If you have selected folders you can choose to include these in rename operation by checking the  option (including subfolders is particularly useful with scramble and unscramble operations).
  • If the order of the list of selected files is important (and it can be if you are renaming using a sequence character), then sort the list of files in the Windows explorer prior to invoking Batch Rename. Batch Rename maintains the sort starting with the file that you right clicked to invoke the context menu. In most cases this means that it is best to invoke the context menu by right clicking on the first file in your selection.
  • Both the name and the extension can be changed separately using a wildcard. Experiment with the 'Rename to:' field and use the preview to see what the result will be.
  • You cannot undo batch rename operations.
  • The utility's window is resizable.
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