Batch File Rename

Martin Brinkmann
Sep 22, 2008
Updated • May 6, 2012
Software, Windows, Windows software

There is no easy way to rename multiple files in Windows, at least not when you want to rename each selected file with individual names. The only possibility in Windows is be to mark all files that you want to rename, and press F2 to rename the files. Each file will however receive the same file name and a number to make it unique. The only other option is to rename each file manually, which, depending on the number of files that need to be renamed, can take a long time.

Since Windows is not offering the means to rename a bunch of files at the same time, at least not when you want unique names for the files, you need to look elsewhere to speed up the renaming. Enter the batch file rename application Text to File Renamer. Text to File Renamer is a portable application that can speed up the file renaming process.

You can drag and drop files into the left pane of the application and enter file names by typing, pasting, or dragging and dropping a text file into the right pane. It should be obvious that the lines need to correspond, so that the select file matches its new name in the same line. If not, you end up with improperly named files and even more work at hand.

When all lines correspond to each other a click on the Rename button renames all listed file names at once. The file extension is not listed because it will remain as is. The process is considerably shorter than renaming the files manually but the application could use a few automatic manipulation options to reduce the time it takes to enter the new filenames.


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  1. Martin said on March 12, 2023 at 3:05 pm

    An even quicker way to open Task Manager is by pressing Ctrl+Shift+Esc.

  2. archie bald said on March 12, 2023 at 4:32 pm

    Win+Pause used to be the goto shortcut for me since… W95… Ms recently hijacked it and you now get Sysinfo. Device manager is still accessible this way: the second to last link at the bottom.

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