How to mass rename files in Windows 10

Changing the name of a file or folder is not a science, but if it is a lot of files, things can change. In this post we will see the different ways to massively rename files in Windows 10.

In Windows, renaming one or a few files is easy. The problem arises when you need to rename a long list of files within a folder, for example. Luckily, Windows 10 gives you several ways to rename files, using File Explorer, Command Prompt, and PowerShell. Let’s see next.

Rename files in bulk with File Explorer

File Explorer provides you with the easiest natural ways to rename one or multiple files. Next let’s see how you can do it first one by one, and then in bulk.

Rename files one by one

# 1. Open File Explorer and go to the files folder.

# 2. Now go to the View folder and select the Details view .

# 3. Select the first file in the folder, choose the Home tab, and click Rename.

Alternatively you can do the same in 3 other ways: a) Press the F2 key ; b) Right click on the file and select the Rename option ; or c) Click on the file and repeat the click gently to activate the renaming.

# 4. Enter the new name of the file.

# 5. Press the Tab key to jump to the next file and activate the renaming function.

# 6. Repeat steps 4 and 5 until you finish renaming all the files you need.

Rename files in bulk at once

You can make everything easier and rename the files in one go, using the same name for all files with an index. For example: caminogeek (1), caminogeek (2), caminogeek (3) � let’s see next.

# 1. Open File Explorer and go to the files folder.

# 2. Now go to the View folder and select the Details view .

# 3. Use the keyboard shortcut Crtl + E to select all files quickly.

Alternatives to step 3: a) If Windows is in English, use the shortcut Ctrl + A ; b) Press and hold the Ctrl key while clicking on each file you want to rename; and c) Press and hold the Shift key , then click on the first and then the last file.

# 4. Press the F2 key to activate the Rename feature .

Alternatives for step 4: a) Go to the Home tab and select Rename ; b) Right click on a file and select Rename.

# 5. Type in the new name and hit the Enter key .

All selected files will be renamed with the same name and using an incremental number in parentheses. This number allows the file names to be different.

If there are multiple file extensions in the selection, the number will be incremental in relation to each type of file, as in the image above. If you made a mistake or does not suit the change, you can undo the action by using the keyboard shortcut Ctrl + Z.

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