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Is there a good bulk file renaming app?

by atlcr / October 21, 2011 10:50 PM PDT

One of the great, albeit lesser known, tricks of renaming in Windows is that you can select all files in a directory and then rename one file and it will rename all files in the directory with whatever you chose and then it adds a (2) or (3) and so on at the end of every subsequent file.

Unfortunately, I'm dealing with a case where the () are not only undesireable, but they break the web script I'm using. In order to get this random assortment of images to be in an ordered and coherent list, I'm looking for a tool that allows for bulk renaming with as little complication as possible. I've tried a couple free tools, but nothing has worked for me so far.

Does anyone know of a good tool for this? More interestingly, is there a way to tell Windows not to add the parenthesis? (I'm thinking it might be possible with a registry hack?)

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Re: renaming
by Kees_B Forum moderator / October 22, 2011 8:27 PM PDT

I find bulkrename (free from http://www.bulkrenameutility.co.uk/Main_Intro.php) quite powerful. However you didn't tell your exact requirements, except for what you don't want to happen, so I'll leave it to you to study what it can do (be sure you know the basis of regular expressions) and see if it's what you need.

If not, why not your own rename script in vbscript (using the filesystem object) or in Powershell?


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by atlcr / October 22, 2011 11:49 PM PDT
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Thank you Kees! Perfect solution with the Bulk Rename Utility.

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Rename in Bulk
by davidroper / November 4, 2011 12:15 PM PDT

Use FlexRena - Freeware - Does it all. After renaming can even Copy files to Folder or Move files, your choice is desired.

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by mwooge / November 4, 2011 11:49 PM PDT

I use "Winsome File Renamer" which is a commercial prduct. Works well and is very flexible, but dfficult to figure out.

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Try this....
by Zekemilan / November 5, 2011 6:29 AM PDT
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Simpler tool
by zetlen / March 18, 2013 8:51 PM PDT
In reply to: Try this....

You can also try the "KrojamSoft BatchRenameFiles Tool as you can quickly and easily change the name, attributes of files/folders. It can sort file names by name, date, time. Supported preview mode of all changes before making them.


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