For all those who find special joy in keeping their files and folders neatly named and tagged, this How-To post is going to bring you more happiness than the Christmas festivities. Well, almost. If you have a bunch of files you want to rename, without having to go through the trouble of doing so one by one, Windows has provided multiple methods of doing so (and has somehow successfully ensured that even long time users are at times unaware of these).
Much of the task can be performed just by putting Windows Explorer to use. If you do resort to third party renaming utilities, however, the possibilities are limitless.
To begin with,
the basics, renaming a single file is a piece of cake, coming into effect in three possible ways by the use of a mouse. You can:
- Click to select the file and then click the “Rename” button on the Home menu.
- Click to select the file and then click the name of the selected file.
- Right-click the file and then select “Rename” from the context menu.
If, however, you’re more comfortable sticking with the keyboard on this one, the trick is fairly simple. All you have to do is use the arrow keys to select the file and hit F2 to rename it. When you hit F2, you’ll notice that only a certain part of the file name gets highlighted. This is the file name and the non-highlighted part is the extension, which you DO NOT have to change.
Once you’re done typing in the new name, click anywhere on the screen or press enter to confirm.
Now here’s a thing you might not be aware of, even if you consider yourself a master of renaming files (if such a thing even exists!!): Once you’re done typing the new name for your file, you can press Tab to automatically highlight the next file in the folder for renaming. This saves you the trouble of having to press multiple buttons whenever you have more than one file to rename.
Finally, if you have a batch of files that you need to be renamed and you do not need entirely different names for the lot, you’ve got to pay attention to this one. Select the files of your choice by either dragging your mouse pointer across the file names, pressing Shift key to select a range of files or choose your pick by pressing Ctrl and clicking on your desired selection. After having done that, hit F2, the keyboard button for rename. You’ll notice that the selection remains intact but the first file becomes available for renaming. Type your desired name and press enter, you’ll notice that the same name has been supplied to all the files in your selection, each one differentiated by a number in brackets.
There, we got your renaming troubles out of the way. You’re welcome!