In daily professional life, being able to do a certain action on a whole batch of files or folders adds a lot to your productivity. Batch image editing is a good example in this regard. Similarly, there are tools that can help you batch rename your file names too.
Yes, there are such apps availble and in this post, I am going to introduce you to the best free desktop tools to batch rename filenames in Windows. Let dig right into it.
Note: In this complete post, I will be trying to rename the files in the folder “Files to rename” on my desktop using the tools on this list. In this folder, I have some files named “New Microsoft Word Document – Copy(N).docx” and I will rename them to “V(N).docx”, where N is a number and V can be any name.
If you work with multiple image and music files, you will love File Renamer Basic. Its powerful features and intuitive interface makes even the complex renaming tasks a piece of cake.
You can add prefixes and suffixes, use regular expressions, and preview the names before making the ultimate changes. I liked its features that help rename audio and image files based on their tags information.
Its paid versions offer even more functions, for example, options to undo rename, process subfolders, and create up to 50 profiles for automating the renaming process.
Here are the steps to rename files using File Renamer Basic:
If you are looking for more flexibility to rename files and folders compared to File Renamer Basic, Advanced Renamer fits the bill. It works well for renaming image, and audio and video files. Moreover, it offers 10+ renaming methods, which you can use to set batch jobs of renaming mass files or folders.
You can add, remove, replace, change case, or give a new name to the file based on location tags as well as copy and move or undo the changes. Let me walk you through the process of renaming files using Advanced Renamer:
The minimalistic look of ReNamer Lite may try to fool you, but it offers lots of advanced options, thanks to its support for PascalScript. It offers all renaming procedures, like prefixes and suffixes, text replacements, and case change as well as advanced options like removing brackets or changing extensions.
It supports regular expressions, Unicode filenames, and meta tags of multiple media file types. You can give renaming actions in the lite version and numerous more in its pro version, which you can further use to create rule sets. You can later run, edit, reload and save a rule set as required.
You can rename files using ReNamer Lite by following these simple steps:
I found the interface of Bulk Rename Utility cluttered as compared to all other tools on this list. However, it is a lightweight and highly customizable tool with impressive features you can use to rename, remove or swap extensions, and change timestamp as well. Also, you can save frequently used configurations.
Below are the steps to rename files using Bulk Rename Utility:
Note: The Rename button will appear disabled until you select or highlight the files to rename in the table at the center-top of the window.
I liked the uncomplicated interface of File Renamer Turbo as compared to Bulk Rename Utility. It offers 20+ advanced renaming actions, for example, it has actions to find and replace text, insert and trim text, use regular expressions, insert numbers, change cases, move files, and many more.
File Renamer Turbo can read and write tag information from/to media files and even retrieve more information from the web based on these music tags. That said, you can move and organize music, image and video files. It offers command line support, regex support, and an option to search for albums online.
Now let us see how to rename files using File Renamer Turbo:
Windows also hosts a simple process to rename multiple files. It works like this: select the various files you wish to rename, right-click and choose Rename from the context menu, and type a new name and press Enter. After you are done, you will see the files get renamed sequentially. That said, if you gave “WD” as the name, new file names would be “WD (1)”, “WD (2)”, and so on.
Hope these methods will help you rename files in batch. Which tool did you find the best for your needs?