Rename multiple files in Windows explorer

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  1. dontaylor

    dontaylor New Member

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    Is it possible to rename only part of a filename when multiple files are selected in Windows Explorer?

    I sometimes have hundreds of files to rename and I have to do them individually.
     
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    Josephur Windows Forum Admin
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    If you are renaming hundreds of files you really should learn how to use a command prompt or powershell :)
     
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    Neemobeer Windows Forum Team
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    Completely agree you have to do something more than once, powershell is the way to go
     
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    I can use both, do you know how to do it?
     
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    I can use both, do you know how to do it, if so please post, thanks...
     
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    Josephur Windows Forum Admin
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    It really depends on the rename operation, can you give us an example of what you're renaming the files to/from?
     
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    Hi Josephur
    Thanks for your help.

    A typical filename is: 1234-ABC123-GA.dwg

    I need to replace the first four figures.

    Thanks again...
     
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    ok let's take a folder with a few files in it as an example.

    If we start a Command Prompt (I recommend not doing this as Administrator just in case you goof, don't want to rename important files accidentally)

    So typically it will drop you into C:\Users\YourUsername

    You can then use the CD command to Change Directory to where you need for instance in our example the files reside in C:\Autocad

    C:\Users\YourUsername>CD C:\Autocad

    Then you can use dir to get a directory listing which will show you your files.

    In our case it returns the three test files I created for this exercise.
    1234-test1.dwg
    1234-test2.dwg
    1234-test3.dwg

    C:\Autocad>ren 1234-test*.dwg project1-*.dwg

    C:\Autocad>dir *.dwg
    Volume in drive C has no label.
    Volume Serial Number is 6882-818E

    Directory of C:\Autocad>

    08/15/2016 06:41 PM 13 project1-1.dwg
    08/15/2016 06:41 PM 13 project1-2.dwg
    08/15/2016 06:41 PM 13 project1-3.dwg
    3 File(s) 39 bytes

    See how the 1234-test# was replaced with project1-#? This is just a simple example, you can do even more with different wildcards and scripting. If you get into PowerShell scripting you should easily be able to find PowerShell scripts that do an even more extensive job. You can probably also find a program that accepts regex patterns and renames files based on them.
     
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    This works perfectly for what I need, it has saved me a lot of renaming work, thank you very much.

    Do you know how to add four figures to an existing list of files?
     

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