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Rename Mulitple Files at Once

Friday, August 12th, 2011 by | Filed Under: File & Disk Management, Shortcuts & Keyboard Tricks

File this one in the “Wow, I didn’t know I could do that!” category, but did you know that you can re-name multiple files at once?

It’s possible! So next time you have a bunch of files, folders, or pictures with names like DSC_5678 and want to rename them in a more uniform way, do this:

Highlight all the files/folder in question…

Right-click, choose Rename and call it something that best describes them. For example, I had a bunch of pictures of a guitar, so I just renamed it “Guitar”.

Voila! A uniform naming convention!



22 Responses to “Rename Mulitple Files at Once”

  1. Dave says:

    Great tip

  2. Joe Reynolds says:

    excellent tip

  3. genny says:

    super easy and sweet!

  4. MaryAnn Hornbaker says:

    Wow! What a great tip. That’s really coming in handy since I am sorting family pictures (Over 6k o them) by the name of the person in them. Now I don’t have to remember what number I’m up to.
    I can also sort them by the family function such as “so and so’s” wedding. I’m lovin’ it.

  5. Mary Bonnet says:

    What a great tip – thanks

  6. Barbara Hayden says:


  7. Leslie R. Woodhouse says:

    “Brilliant: Wow, I didn’t know I could do that!”

  8. Henry says:

    Great to rename all those files the camera named with the last name you used. Note the file that the cursor is on when rename is selected will be the 1st on the list.

  9. Tracie says:

    Thanks!! That’s one tip I’ll use.

  10. Troy says:

    Wonderful for revising the names of picture files! Thank you!

  11. Sushant says:

    Really useful tip!
    Thanks a lot!

  12. Jill says:

    BRILLIANT!!!!!!! (sorry for shouting but I felt the need)

  13. Avijit rohan says:


  14. avinav says:

    very good

  15. Scott Lewis says:

    I love that you can still do this. I remember “back in the day” doing this with DOS at a command prompt. Excellent post!

    Scott Lewis

  16. Subrat says:

    Wow!! this is one great tip you have given us
    I have saved so much time renaming files(especially photo)

    Thank You

  17. Subrat says:

    This is a great tip

    Thank you

  18. jean jones says:

    What a great time saver – thanks!

  19. Allan Poe says:

    After the renaming, why did the order change?

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