Windows – How to Batch Rename Files

If you’ve got a bunch of files that need renaming in your Windows operating system, then what’s the first thing that would pop into your mind? Perhaps, make a sandwich? No? But enough kidding aside, most people would just rename those files one-by-one. While this might be suitable if you’ve got 1, 2, or perhaps even 5 files that need renaming. But what if you have 50 of them? Instead of just griping about it, gritting your teeth, or just scratching your head in wonder, read on to know how you can rename those files all in one go.

Windows - How to Batch Rename Files

Batch Rename Files in Your Windows System

Step 1 – In order to batch rename files, first open up Windows Explorer (or File Explorer if you’re using the Windows 10 operating system). Then, with the use of your mouse, click on the file that you want to rename. Wait for about a second, then do a single-click on it once more and it will let you rename the file. Easy, right? But this is just for one file, however.

Step 2 – Now instead of pressing the Enter key on your keyboard when you’ve already renamed your file to your liking, press the Tab key instead. This will then let you move to the next file on the list so you can immediately start typing a new file name for it.

Step 3 – With the previous steps, it can still take a while especially if you have a large number of files in the Windows operating system  that needs renaming. What you can do is to select all the files within the folder that needs renaming by holding the Ctrl key on your keyboard while clicking and dragging with your mouse to select all the files that you want to be renamed.

Step 4 – Once the files have been selected, you can then press the F2 key on your keyboard and you will see that all the files will remain selected as you type in a new name for one file. However, when you hit the Enter key on your keyboard, all the other files within the selection gets renamed as well. How does this work? For example, if you’ve name one file as just “File,” the rest of the files within the selection will have numbers on them. Hence, the other files will be named as “File (1),” “File (2),” and so on.


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