How To Rename Multiple Files At Once On Windows OS

Renaming a single file is effortless on Windows OS, but the problems emerge when you have to change the name to an extended list of files in a particular folder. Even though you can always use third-party tools (Microsoft PowerToys) to hurry up the process. Windows 10 ships with different ways to make it easier to change the name of the files using File Explorer, PowerShell, and Command Prompt. In this article, let us see how to rename multiple files at once with easy steps.

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How To Rename Multiple Files At Once

There are three different methods on how to rename multiple files at once. Let’s have a look at them one by one.

Rename Multiple Files Using File Explorer

File Explorer comes up with the quickest methods. To rename multiple files in the same name structure, work on these steps:

  • First, open File Explorer the browse the files to change their names.
  • Then click on the View tab and select the details details view
  • Then click the Home tab and click the “Select all” all
  • You can also press Ctrl+A on the keyboard to select all the files, which is a shortcut.
  • After that, click on the Rename button from the “Home” tan and type the new name. Then press Enter.rename files
  • After you finish the steps, the chose files will be renamed using the same naming structure with a count number. For example: autumn_photos_2020(1).jpg and autumn_photos_2020(2).jpg.
  • If you made an error, you could use Ctrl+z as a shortcut to quickly undo the changes, or you can click the menu button from the title bar and select the “undo” button. So this is how File Explorer can help us to rename multiple files at once.

Now, let’s discuss how to file explorer can help us rename multiple files one at a time.

To rename multiple files:

  • First open File Explorer and search the files to rename.
  • Then click the “view” tab and select the details view.
  • After that select the first file in the folder and click the home tab.
  • Then, click the rename button and rename the file.
  • One can also press the F2 button or right-click the file and select the rename option from the context menu, or you can click the file once and slowly snick the name to trigger the rename action.
  • Then press the Tab key to hop and trigger the rename action for the next file below.
  • Finally, confirm the new file name.
  • Keep repeating these steps to rename all the files.

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Using PowerShell

You can use PowerShell to rename a single file and multiple files as well. To rename a single file, follow the steps:

  1. First open Start and search for PowerShell.
  2. Open PowerShell and type: cd PATH\TO\FOLDER command to search the folder with files to rename.
  3. In the above command, you can replace PATH\TO\FOLDER with the authentic way to the location.enter command
  4. Then type: 1s command to view the listing of the files and press Enter.
  5. Then type: 1s| %{RENAME-ITEM $_-NewName(“NEW-FILE-NAME-{0}.EXTENSION” -1%nr++)} command to rename multiple files and press enter.enter command
  6. In the above command, replace “NEW-FILE-NAME” with the actual name you want to.
  7. After completing these steps, all the files will be renamed using the name you specified.

Renaming a single file in PowerShell is very easy. The steps used in renaming multiple files will also be used, but only one command will change.

After typing “1s”, you have to use: Rename- Item “OLD-FILE-NAME.EXTENSION” “NEW-FILE-NAME.EXTENSION”. In this command, remember to use old and new file names and extensions.

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Using Command Prompt

Command Prompt offers many ways to re-name multiple files. It also helps in renaming a single file. First, let’s discuss renaming various files.

  • To rename multiple files, first, open start and search for Command Prompt.
  • Then click the top outcome to open the app.
  • Type: cd c: \PATH\TO\FILES command to navigate to the folder with files to press Enter.
  • Then type: “dir” to view the listing of the files and press Enter. After that, type: ren *.FILE-EXTENSION ???-FILE-NAME.* to rename the files in bulk and press Enter.
  • In this command, replace “FILE-EXTENSION” with the extension of the files you want to update and “FILE-NAME” with the name you want to add to the files.
  • The asterisk * is a wildcard. It tells the ren command to rename everything with a specific extension.
  • The question mark ?  is also a wildcard. It acts as a character of the original name you want to keep as part of the new name.

After you finish these steps, it will rename the files. Now let’s discuss renaming a single file using Command Prompt.

To rename a single file,

  1. First, open start and search Command Prompt.
  2. Then click on the top outcome to open the app.
  3. Then type: cd c:\PATH\TO\FILES command to navigate the folder with the files to rename.
  4. After that type: “dir” command to view the listing of the files in the location and press Enter.
  5. Then type ren “OLD-FILENAME.EXTENSION” “NEWFILENAME.EXTENSION” to rename the file and press Enter.
  6. In the command, put back “OLD-FILENAME.EXTENSION” and “NEW-FILENAME.EXTENSION” with the old and new name you want to give.
  7. The quotation marks are only needed if the name holds space.
  8. After that, repeat the previous steps to change the name of the file. Once you finish these steps, Command Prompt will rename the file with the new name you chose.

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So these were three different ways on how to rename multiple files at once on Windows. We hope these methods were useful to you and you would use them to rename your files. Let us know how useful these tips were to you in the comments section below. We would be very happy to hear from you! Moreover, if you need to share files between Mac and Windows, there are ways to do that.

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