Batch renaming files in File Explorer

By August 6, 2018Tech Tip
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Have you ever wanted to change the names of a bunch of files at once? Rather than laboriously renaming them one by one, it would be nice if you could change all the file names in large batches.

A situation where you really might need batch renaming is if you’re processing a lot of pictures and you want them to have more descriptive names. For example, if you have a bunch of images that are named “DSC_0001.jpg, DSC_0002.jpg…”, you might want to rename them to “Retreat (1), Retreat (2)…” and so on.

If you have a Windows computer, then you can do batch renaming very quickly in File Explorer!

  1. Open the folder with the files you want to rename.Batch renaming image files
  2. Select all the files that you want to rename with the same naming scheme. If you’re selecting all the files in the open folder, you can hit Ctrl + A on your keyboard to select them. If you’re selecting a range, click on the first file, hold down Shift on your keyboard, and then select the last file (so you’re selecting everything in between as well).
  3. Right-click on the selected files and choose Rename from the menu.
  4. Type in the name you want – without any numbers. File Explorer will automatically insert numbers like (1), (2), (3), after each file name.
  5. After typing the name, hit Enter on your keyboard. All the select file names should change:Batch renaming files

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