How to Rename Multiple Files

Are you a beginner in the world of computers, do you need to change the name of a group of files and don't want to waste precious time renaming them one by one? No? Well, then you will most likely be happy to know that in such a situation it is possible to intervene by going to rename multiple files simultaneously. How do you say? Were you already aware of this but don't have the faintest idea how to do it? But if this is the case you have absolutely nothing to worry about, I can explain everything to you, in detail.

Whether you own a PC or a Poppy it doesn't matter, renaming multiple files is possible in both cases and, I'll tell you more, it's also very simple. In fact, taking advantage of specific functions made available "as standard" on Windows and OS X or by resorting to the use of special programs, renaming multiple files simultaneously becomes a real child's play, trust me.

Having said that, if you are therefore actually interested in finding out how to rename multiple files, I suggest you take a few minutes of free time, settle down comfortably in front of your computer and focus carefully on reading the instructions I am about to give you. I am sure that in the end you will be able to tell yourself more than satisfied and that at the first good opportunity you will also be ready and willing to explain to your friends in need of a similar tip how to do it. Let it bet?

Rename Multiple Files on Windows

If you are interested in understanding how to rename multiple files on Windows and you have no particular claims, just use the appropriate functionality already available on all Microsoft operating systems.

To rename multiple files on Windows then proceed by selecting all the elements on which you intend to act. If the files you want to select are close to each other, click on one of them, hold down the key Shift on the keyboard and use the directional arrows to highlight others. If, on the other hand, you need to select multiple files included in the same folder but distant from each other, just click on them individually while holding down the button. Ctrl computer keyboard. To select all the files contained in a folder, you can use the key combination instead Ctrl+A while to select a series of files in sequence, just click on the first one, hold down the key Shift on the keyboard and click on the last one.

Once you have selected all the files you intend to rename, right click on one of them and then select the item Rhinomine from the displayed context menu, type the name you want to use as a suffix for all the selected elements and then press the button Submit attached to the keyboard. In a few moments the files you selected will therefore be renamed with the new suffix.

As an alternative to the procedure I have just indicated, you should know that it is possible to rename multiple files on Windows even using Bulk Rename Utility. It is a free program that allows you to rename files and folders in series according to a series of very flexible criteria. With this software you can, for example, rename files based on number sequences, add dates and times to file names, correct lowercase, uppercase and much more.

To rename multiple files with Bulk Rename Utility just to start click here so that you can immediately connect to the software download web page and then click on the green button free Download and then press on Download Bulk Rename Utility.

Then wait for the download of the program to start and complete then click on the file obtained to start the setup. Then press on Si, tick the box next to the item I accept the agreement and by clicking on the button Next four consecutive times. To conclude, press the button install and then Finish.

Then wait a few moments for the main screen of the software to be visible on the desktop. The main screen of Bulk Rename Utility is divided into three parts: at the top there is a sidebar for selecting folders and the list of files to be renamed while at the bottom there are all the functions and variables that can be set to change the name to files.

To rename multiple files at the same time with Bulk Rename Utility proceed by selecting the folder in which the items to be renamed are located using the sidebar at the top left, then indicate the files to be renamed using the mouse or key combinations Ctrl+A e Ctrl+click to select respectively all the elements present in the folder or single files and finally set all the fields found in the lower part of the window.

After setting all your preferences you can rename multiple files by acting on the selected items by simply clicking on the button Rename which is located at the bottom right.

Rename Multiple Files on OS X

If you have a Mac and are interested in understanding how to rename multiple files, know that to succeed in your intent it is not necessary to resort to the use of any third-party program. To do this, it is sufficient to take advantage of the specific functionality attached to the Finder.

To rename multiple files on Mac the first thing you need to do is therefore to identify all the elements on which you intend to act. Once you have located the files, select them all. If they are files close to each other to select them all just hold down the left button of the mouse or trackpad and drag the cursor on the desired files or click on the first file and use the key combination shift+directional arrows to select objects that are below, above or to the sides of it. If, on the other hand, the elements to be selected are at a certain distance from each other, keep the key pressed cmd of the Mac keyboard and click on the files of your interest.

Once you have selected all the files you want to rename, click with the right mouse button or trackpad on one of them and then select the item Rename N elements ...  (instead of N you will find the total number of selected files indicated) from the context menu that is shown on the screen.

In the new window that has opened at this point, it indicates the method by which you intend to act to rename multiple files using the appropriate drop-down menu located under the item Rename Finder Items:. Then choose the option Format if you want to completely rename the files, choose the option Replace text if you are interested in selecting one or more words from the original file name and replace it with other terms of your choice or choose the mode Add text if you want to add other words to the file name instead.

If you have chosen to use the Format just type the name of the file name in the field next to the item Customize format: and indicate the number from which you want to start the numbering of the files using the field next to the item Start numbering from:. Also specify the name format using the drop-down menu next to the item Name format: and choose where to place this detail using the drop-down menu next to the item Located in:.

If you have chosen the option Replace text indicates in the field next to the item Search: the word in the name of the selected files you want to replace and fill in the field next to the item Replace with: indicating the term to be used instead.

If you selected the option Add text instead you will have to indicate in the appropriate empty field the text you want to add to the file name and use the side drop-down menu to specify whether to insert it after the name of the same or before.

Regardless of the mode, select to rename multiple files, just click the button to complete the procedure Rhinomine. In a few moments the files you selected will therefore be renamed according to the parameters previously specified.

In addition to the way I have just indicated you can already rename files on Mac using Automator, the personal automation assistant available on OS X thanks to which you can perform a myriad of different operations on Mac with minimum effort and maximum speed

To rename multiple files on OS X with Automator then proceed to start the latter by selecting it from the folder Other di Launchpad or by looking for it in Spotlight.

In the window that opens, double-click the icon Workflow then select the item Files and folders from the left sidebar and double-click first Get Selected Finder Items and then Rename Finder Items. If you are asked to add a copy action to the process please respond Don't add.

Click on the item now options collocata sotto the dicitura Get Selected Finder Items and metti il ​​segno di spunta accanto alla voce Ignore the action input. Select the voice Make it sequential give menu to tendin Add date or time of Automator, put the check mark next to the item New name and uses all the fields of the form Make it sequential to indicate the name and type of numbering that the files must have. Then open the folder containing the files to be renamed sequentially, select them all (I explained how to do it in the previous lines) and then click on the button Run.