Sep 13 2008

How to Bulk Rename Files in Vista

When you have many files to rename it can be a pain in the butt to right click each one and choose rename, this happens mostly with your digital pictures you download from your camera. You end up with a folder of pictures all named something like IMG_0001, IMG_0002 or DSC_0001 depending on your camera, Here’s a way to quickly rename those files to something more descriptive.

To bulk rename a group of files:

  1. Open My Computer or an Explorer window and navigate to the folder of choice and open it.
  2. Hold down the CTRL key and click the individual files you want or hold down the SHIFT key to select a group of files.
  3. Once you have all the files selected, right click the first one and choose Rename and the file names will be highlighted, add a descriptive name a press enter.

  4. So instead of a bunch of pictures named IM1234 you can have them named whatever you want.

If you want each picture to have a different name and still quickly rename them, use the TAB key.

  1. Select the first file in a group, right click it an choose Rename.
  2. Rename the file to what you want then press the TAB key, the next file in the group will then be highlighted and you can change the name without right clicking and choosing rename.

Thats all there is to it.

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    5 Comments on this post


    1. Tweakwindows said:

      Nice tip! Btw, nice blog as well.

      October 29th, 2008 at 1:14 pm
    2. Kevin said:

      @Tweakwindows, Thanks for the comment. You gotta cool site too, like the windows 7 coverage.

      October 30th, 2008 at 3:15 am
    3. Janet said:

      I sort my pictures by category I then select all the pictures and right-click on the first picture to rename the pics numerically so they will stay in the order I put them in, such as Field Trip (1), so the rest of the pictures will be Field Trip (2), etc. With Vista they do not rename sequentially, especially if I start with a number other than 1. I might name the first file Field Trip (43), and instead of the rest being labeled (44) on, the next pictures are automatically labeled Field Trip (2), Field Trip (3), etc., and sometimes not in order. I was always able to do this before with small and large files. What am I doing wrong?

      January 29th, 2009 at 6:38 pm
    4. Kevin said:

      @ Janet, I see what you mean, Your not doing anything wrong, it’s the way Vista works. The first file will always be the name and the next one will be 2 then 3 and so on. To do it the way you want you will have to rename each file individually, sorry it’s a Vista thing.


      January 30th, 2009 at 10:47 pm
    5. Jacob said:

      @Janet: There is another way renaming files without using the explorer. You can use the tool File Renamer:
      With this tool it is possible to number files in your user defined order and you can do some other things like searching and replacing in file names. Additionaly, the explorer always adds brakets () around the numbers. In File Renamer you can specify this for your own.

      January 17th, 2010 at 9:11 pm


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