A Quick Way to Rename All Files In a Folder

By | March 18, 2019
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A Quick Way to Rename All Files In a Folder

For Windows 7, 8.1 and Windows 10

Here’s a quick, easy and useful tip. If you have a folder full of files with arcane names that do not describe what the files are, you can quickly rename all files in a folder with descriptive names. This trick is very handy when you have a folder of photos from your camera. Most times files that come directly from your camera have obscure names that don’t describe the photos. But you can fix that by quickly renaming all the files in the folders using this tip.

Open the folder where the files you want to rename are located. Highlight one file and then press CTRL+A to select them all. Next, press the F2 key to rename one of the files in the list and give the file a new name. Then press Enter. Windows will automatically rename all the other files in the folder with the name you typed, appended with (1), (2), (3) and so on after the file name.

For this example, I chose a folder full of files with names that meant nothing to me. But suppose these were all pictures from a special trip to Niagara Falls. It would be useful to at least have the word “Niagara” in the file name, right? So, I pressed F2, renamed one file “Niagara'” then  pressed “Enter” and watched as Windows renamed the rest

It’s easy – see?

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2 thoughts on “A Quick Way to Rename All Files In a Folder

  1. Jason Miller

    I remember you had this tip before. I used it many times for our yearly cruise. I now change all the names at one time to cruise2019 or cruise2018, ect.. Easy and quick. It is a great time saver.

  2. Sondra Vannice

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