The Easiest Way to Rename Multiple Files in One Click

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Have you ever been in a situation when you needed to slightly rename hundreds or even thousands of files? And, of course, you needed to do so immediately — because that’s how IT stuff usually works.

Well, I have and let me tell you, knowing this little trick, that I am about to show you, proved to be extremely important.

I have written about a better Windows Explorer called MultiCommander already. It was a three-part series, actually:

One of the many many excellent and useful features of MultiCommander is that it can bulk rename many file names in the blink of an eye.

To do so, launch MultiCommander.

Navigate to the folder containing the files you wish to rename.

Then select all the files you wish to rename.

You can do so in several ways:

  • If it is a long and uninterrupted list of files, use the Ctrl+A keyboard shortcut to select all listed files.
  • Another way is to click with your mouse on the first file’s name in the list. Then scroll down to the end of the list, press down and hold the Shift key and click on the last file’s name.
  • Still another and similar way is to click on the first file’s name, then press and hold Shift and press End.
  • If it is not an uninterrupted list of files, make it to be one. Create a new folder and copy all the files you wish to rename there. Then use one of the above methods to select all the files.
  • If it is not an uninterrupted list of files, but there are just a few files or up to a few dozen files, then select them by pressing and holding the Ctrl key and clicking on the file names you wish to rename.

When you are done with your file selection, click on Extensions > Multi-Rename in MultiCommander’s menu bar.

A new window with the list of files you have selected will open up:

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Multi-Rename — Find and Replace

Now, double-click on the Search and Replace area in the upper right corner of the window.

A pop-up window will open up.

Here you can define the string that should be replaced, as well as the replacement string.

In my case I needed to replace all blank spaces within the file names with a dash character, so I used the following expression: " "|-.

The search string and replace string in each expression must be separated by a vertical line.

Also, as you can see a blank space needs to be surrounded by quotation marks.

The renaming takes only a second and then you are done. Easy peasy.

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