How To Rename Multiple Files At Once In Windows

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It’s very easy to rename any file in Windows but it’s also very irritating & time-consuming when you have to rename too many files. Going by the simple method, renaming files one by one takes a lot of time. So in this article, we have explained a few methods using which you can rename multiple files at once in Windows to save your time and effort. Here, we have covered the methods which are provided by Windows itself. This means that third-party application usage is not required to do so.

1. Fastest Method To Rename Multiple Files At Once

This method will quickly rename multiple files, you just need to rename one file and it will rename the rest automatically. Below goes the method:

  • Open the folder containing files you want to rename.
    Folder containing multiple files
    The folder containing multiple files
  • Select all files and then right click on the first file and select Rename.
  • Give any desired name to your first file and press Enter.
    Rename multiple files at once in Windows
    Rename the first file
  • Rest all files will take the same name with numbering as shown in the picture.
    renamed files with numbers
    Renamed Files

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2. Give Different Names To Each File Manually But Quickly

This method will help you to rename each file manually if you want to give different names to each one of them. This method will save you from right clicking again and again to rename any file.

  • Open folder containing files.
  • Next, right click on the first file and select Rename. Give any desired name to the file and press Tab key, it will rename the first file and take you to the second file to rename.
  • Now you have to just enter the file name and keep pressing Tab key to move to the next file until all the files are renamed.

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3. Batch Renaming Multiple Files Using Command Prompt

This method is helpful in renaming multiple files on Windows having the same extension. For instance, if you want to rename all the files of a folder having the same extension among other files in the same folder. Then you can use this method over the other methods mentioned earlier. The command that we are going to use is:

ren *.ext ??-new_filename.*

To understand how this command works let’s look at an example. Let there be two files in a folder WXYZ123.png and PQRS456.png respectively. Since the files are in .png format, we will choose extension as .png. We can choose the number of (?) according to how many characters of the original file name we want in the new file name. Let our new file name be My_File.

Now, our command will look like ren *.png ????- My_File.*. After using this command the above files will be renamed to WXYZ-My_File and PQRS-MY_File.

In this command(ren *.png ????- My_File.*), ren stands for rename. While the Asterisk (*) is a wildcard that tells the ren command to match everything with the .png extension. The four (????) copied WXYZ and PQRS from the original file names and pasted it to the new File names (My_File).

You can also rename pdf and other major file formats like odt, .docx, and txt with the help of this command in the CMD. You can follow the step by step process shown below to try this method yourself.

  • Open the folder having your files.folder
  • Once the folder is open type CMD in the address bar of the folder and then press Enter.cmd
  • Now, a CMD window will open as shown in the picture.cmd window
  • After that, you can write the command “ren *.ext ??-new_filename.*” as shown in the picture and press Enter. batch rename multiple files
  •  Now, you can close the command prompt window. As you can see in the picture all the files with the .jpg extension got renamed.renamed files

Note: Using this command the file having the same extension gets renamed. While the other files stay unchanged.

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As you saw the methods mentioned above to batch rename multiple files are the official features built right into the Windows operating system. Once you apply these methods you can easily rename multiple files in Windows without any third party software. Do let us know which method do you prefer in the comments down below.

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Akshay Thapliyal
Akshay Thapliyal is the Co-founder of TechUntold and mainly looks into the strategic planning at TechUntold. He also loves writing articles on apps & problems he faces related to tech. Follow him on:


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