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Save Time and Organize Your Files: How to Batch Rename Multiple Files on Windows 10

Sometimes you may have a bunch of files and want to rename them. If you like to rename the files one by one, you have to spend a lot of time, and you will get tired.

But the good news is that in the Windows 10 operating system, it is possible that you can change the names of the files at the same time.

In this article, we want to explain how to batch rename multiple files on Windows 10

Method 1. Rename multiple files using File Explorer

In Windows 10, there is the ability to change a group of files natively, which is done by File Explorer.

Follow the steps below to batch rename files:

1. Go to the File Explorer.

2. Go to the folder you want to rename the files.

3. Click on the View tab, using the header menu located in the top portion of the File Explorer.

4. This window will show you a new section.

5. Select the Details button to change your view mode.

6. Click on the first file on the list using your mouse cursor.

7. Using the same menu that you see at the top of the File Explorer window, go to the Home tab.

8. Select the Rename button.

9. Now you can enter the name you want for file.

10. When you’re done renaming the file, Hit the Tab button to move on to the next file.

11. Using this method, you can quickly change the name of a large number of files without the need to choose and select the rename option on each one individually.

Rename multiple files in a sequence

If you want to choose the same name for all your files, you can do it quickly using this method.

Renaming files in a batch using the File Explorer feature allows you to share one name for all your files, but to each of the files, unique numbers are given to distinguish the files from one another so that it is easy to identify them.

1. Go to the File Explorer.

2. Go to the folder you want to rename the files.

3. Click on the View tab, using the header menu located in the top portion of the File Explorer.

4. This window will show you a new section.

5. Select the Details button to change your view mode.

7. Using the same menu that you see at the top of the File Explorer window, go to the Home tab.

8. Click the Select all button, found in the Select section of the pane.

9. With all the files selected, go to the Home menu again.

10. Select the Rename button.

11. Type the common name you want all your files to have.

12. Hit the Enter button when you’re done.

After you have completed all the steps, you will see that all your files have been changed to the same name, and there is only one difference between them, which is a number to identify them, which is different.

For example, naming all files project_asset will yield files named project_asset (1) and project_asset (2) as a result.

Method 2. Rename multiple files with PowerToys

PowerToys is a program created by Microsoft and you can easily download it and use it to change the name of a group of files.

1. Go to the PowerToys download page on GitHub.

2. Select the .exe file in the Assets of the latest release.

3. Now PowerToys will be downloaded on your computer and you can install it.

5. Follow the on-screen solutions to install PowerToys and any other components you need, such as Microsoft Visual Studio.

By seeing the Completed PowerToys Setup Wizard text on the screen, you can see that the correct installation has been done.

6. Launch PowerToys from either your desktop or the Start menu.

7. From the left pane, go to the PowerRename tab.

8. In this section, make sure that you turn on the PowerRename activation option.

9. Once you make sure that the PowerRename option is turned on, you can go to the folder where the batch files are and efficiently change their names.

10.  Right-click on the selected files and select PowerRename from the context menu.

11. You can also use the interface to change names in bulk.

You can easily search and replace words, and you can also configure how you want file names to be replaced.

12. Once you have made the edits, you must Hit the Rename button so that the file names are automatically changed according to your edits.

Method 3. Rename files using the Command Prompt

If you want to change the name of several files at the same time, using the Command Prompt tool is the best way to do this.

Also, if you need to quickly convert text files to HTML files, it is possible only by using the Command Prompt tool.

1. Select the folder you want to rename.

2. Hold the Shift key on your keyboard and right-click, then select Open Commandprompt here.

3. When the port command window opens, add the run command along with the name you want to replace.

4. Hit the Enter button.

Method 4. Rename files using the PowerShell

The fourth way to rename files is to use PowerShell. This method has flexibility and unique power. To use this method, you need two Dir commands, which you can use to view the list of files, and the Rename-Item command, which changes the names of files. To do this, proceed as follows.

1. First, run the PowerShell software.

2. Now enter the desired folder containing the files.

3. For example, let’s say we want to remove the space between the names and we want to change it to an underscore. So type and enter the following command:

Dir|Rename-Item- NewName($_.name- replace “_”, ” ” )

Note that you can change the last part of the code according to your desired name to create more different characters.

Last Words

In this article, you can easily change the batch name of your files in Windows 10 with the 4 methods mentioned.

Have you used these methods to rename files?

What other ways do you know to change the name of your batch files in Windows 10?

Share your thoughts and experiences with us.

Sarah Kmz

Sara is a talented author and technology enthusiast with a passion for writing about Windows tips and tricks. She was born and raised in Seattle, Washington and has always had a love for all things related to technology. After completing her degree in Computer Science at the University of Washington, Sara began working as a software developer. She quickly discovered that she had a talent for writing and decided to combine her two passions by starting a blog about Windows tips and tricks. Sara's blog quickly gained popularity and she became known for her clear and concise writing style, as well as her ability to explain complex technical concepts in a way that was easy for anyone to understand. Her blog has become a go-to resource for Windows users looking to optimize their experience and make the most out of their technology. In addition to her work on her blog, Sara is also a prolific writer of technical articles for a number of different publications. Her writing has been featured in numerous technology blogs and websites, and she is widely respected in the industry for her expertise in the field. When she's not writing or working on her blog, Sara enjoys hiking, reading, and spending time with her family and friends. She is also an avid traveler and is always looking for new places to explore and new experiences to have. Overall, Sara is a talented writer and technology expert who is dedicated to sharing her knowledge with others. Her passion for both technology and writing has made her a respected figure in the industry, and she continues to inspire and educate others through her work on her blog and beyond.

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