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Rename Your Files: Bulk Style

Friday, March 30th, 2007 by | Filed Under: File & Disk Management
 
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Have you ever had the need to rename a load of files all at the same time?

For instance, here’s a folder of files:



As you can see, they are a mixture of upper and lower case starting letters, after which, you might prefer some better uniformity. Maybe something like this?



Or, maybe you have downloaded some files from the Internet and the file names have extra symbols (like * and #, etc.) in them that you want to get rid of.

Now, with a small number of files, that shouldn’t be too difficult, as Windows has a rename facility. But, if you have a lot, the job then becomes onerous.

So, enter in bulk file renamers, which, as their name suggests, allows you to do the job in one easy and quick operation.

Of these utilities, one of the best and easiest to use is a free program called LupasRename. (No, I have no idea why it’s called Lupas!)

Head here to get to the main page and click on the Download link.



This brings you to the page where I recommend that you select the indicated download, which also includes an installer, as seen below.



Downloading and installation is a breeze and soon, you will be seeing the opening screen, like this:



Have a quick look along the toolbar and menus to get familiar with it and then just “dive in” to begin working.

The first thing we’ll want to do is navigate to the folder where our files can be found. So, click where I have indicated with the red circle below and you will be able to use an Explorer type panel to get to your necessary folders.

Here we see the screen with our files, now in the left hand panel.



Now, let’s see how we can go about changing the names of the files. The screen below shows the first steps we should take.



If you only want to rename some of the files in the folder, you’ll need to just click on these and make sure the box that reads “Only rename the selected files” is checked. If you want to rename all the files in a folder, uncheck the box and leave the folder as it is.

Next, we proceed as follows:



First, select what changes you want to make to the file. In this case, we want all the initial letters to be uppercase, so go ahead and choose “First Letter Up” (1). But, we have a whole gamut of options open to us. We could make all the letters uppercase or lower case, we could chop out the first letter or symbol of the file name or insert the text before the file name, etc. Just browse around the screen and experiment.

When you are happy with your choice, go to the spectacles symbol (2) at the top of the page. Clicking on this will show a preview in the right hand pane (3) of what the changes will achieve, without actually executing them. So, have a look and see if it’s what you wanted or expected.

If you are happy with that, go ahead and commit by pressing the Rename button (4) and it’s done!

Thus far, we have worked on text files, but if you want to make some changes to numbers, you must select the AutoNumber tag, to get to this screen:



Again, you have a large number of options.

It is not my intention in this introductory article to go in to all the options available in detail. I suggest you play with the various options and see what they do or if all else fails, read through the very useful Help file.

So, I hope this solves a very common problem for computer users everywhere, while it enables you to rename files to your heart’s content!

~ David Woodford

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