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Wow you can rename multiple files in Windows! And it’s easy

by Tris Hussey on February 26th, 2007

You know somethings are so easy you just smack your head and say “Why didn’t I try that!”.  This tip for renaming files (it is shown in XP, I’m going to go out on a limb here and say it might work in Vista too) is just so simple:

  • Highlight the files you want to rename. (Use Ctrl or Shift to highlight multiple files at once)
  • Right-Click the first file in the series, click Rename.
  • Only the file you’ve right clicked will be highlighted. That’s OK. Change the file name, the extension will be kept.
  • Hit the enter key to commit your change. Your files will be named “file (1).jpg”, “file (2).jpg”, etc..
    Source: Rename multiple files at once in Windows XP - Download Squad
  • Well, that was easy.

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    POSTED IN: Vista, Windows, XP

    3 opinions for Wow you can rename multiple files in Windows! And it’s easy

    • Jay Gilmore
      Feb 26, 2020 at 7:38 pm


      If you want to do this even faster you can replace Step Two-Right-Click the first file in the series, click Rename-with a tap on the F2 key, as it is the Windows “rename file” shortcut.

      F2 also works in most Windows Applications. I use it all the time in image applications.

      Great tip though.



    • Claude Gelinas
      Feb 26, 2020 at 8:08 pm

      I’ve never heard of that tip before you shared it with the world… and little old me!

      Since I know I’ll probably forget about this awesome tip, I’ve added a bookmark, just in case ; )

    • Tris Hussey
      Feb 26, 2020 at 8:59 pm

      Jay that’s awesome! Even easier now!

      Claude, make sure you come back often. Always lots of tips here!

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