4 ways to batch rename files in Windows 10

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Windows 10, and all versions of Windows in particular feature a very easy way to batch renamefiles or folders. All you need to do is to click on the file name, and rename it.

You also have the ability to rename multiple files or folders at once, in case you need to quickly sort your stuff.

To batch rename multiple files or folders in Windows is also very easy, and it requires minimal effort. But, you might stumble upon a problem if you want to add some customization to the names of your files.

To add customization to naming your files, you can use some additional tools, like the Command Prompt, PowerShell, or a third-party program. These tools give you many more options when it comes to renaming multiple files at once.

So, if you need the simplest and the quickest solution, renaming files ‘the traditional way’ is the best solution. But if you want more options, and think renaming multiples files is worth time and effort, you’d want to use some of these tools.

In this article we’re going to explain each method, so you can choose the most appropriate one for you.

How to rename multiple files at once in Windows 10

  1. Rename files in Windows Explorer
  2. Rename files using the Command Prompt
  3. Rename files using the PowerShell
  4. Rename files using a third-party program

Method 1 – Rename files in Windows Explorer

As we said, the easiest way to batch rename files in Windows is to use the traditional way. You just need to select the files you want to rename, click on the first one’s name, set a new name, and all files will have the same name, plus ordering numbers.

This is the simplest way, but it doesn’t allow you to do anything else, as it automatically assigns numbers to the rest of files. But if that’s okay with you, look no further. In case you’re not sure how to rename multiple files in Windows Explorer, follow these steps:

  1. Locate the files you want to rename
  2. Select all the files you want to rename, right-click it, and select Rename
  3. Now just name your file, and that’s it, the rest of files will have the same name, plus numbers to put them in orderbulk rename files windows 10 1

There you go, that’s the easiest way to rename multiple files in Windows 10. However, if you want some more options, like the ability to add underscores, add numbers without brackets, change file extensions and more, try some of the methods listed below.

Method 2 – Rename files using the Command Prompt

Command Prompt offers more flexibility than ‘the regular way’, but it still isn’t the most advanced option.

This tool is the most useful if you want to change multiple file extensions at once. So, in case you want to quickly convert, for example, text files to HTML files, just use the Command Prompt.

Here’s how to rename multiple file extensions using the Command Prompt:

  1. Locate the folder with files you want to rename
  2. Hold Shift on your keyboard, right-click anywhere in that folder, and choose Open command wrompt here
  3. When to Command Prompt window pops up, add the ‘ren’ command, along with current file type, and the file type you want to convert it to. Here’s how it should look:bulk rename files windows 10 2
  4. Press Enter

There you go, after performing this command in the Command Prompt, all your select files are going to be converted from one format to another.

Method 3 – Rename files using the PowerShell

The most powerful Windows 10’s built-in tool to batch rename multiple files is the PowerShell.

This feature offers the most options, but using this method can by time-consuming, and complicated for beginners, which is why we assume that the most users will skip this solution.

However, if you want to dedicate some time to renaming your files, and experiment a little bit with the PowerShell, check out the instructions below, to see how to do that:

  1. Go to Search, type powershell, and open PowerShell
  2. Enter the command ‘cd’ along with the location of the folder containing files you want to rename, and press Enter. Remember to always keep the files you want to rename in a separate folder, to be sure you don’t rename other files
  3. Now, you can add various commands to customize renaming of your files. We’re going to use a command which replaces blak spaces with underscores (_), but you can find more commands here. So, in our case, we’re going to enter the following command: Dir | Rename-Item –NewName { $_.name –replace “ “,”_” }bulk rename files windows 10 3

There you go, PowerShell is the most powerful tool for renaming multiple files in Windows 10. You can experiment with various options and commands, in case you have some free time, and want to learn more about this tool.

Method 4 – Rename files using a third-party program

We’ve shown you three best built-in ways to batch rename multiple files in Windows 10. However, if you still want some advanced option, but don’t want to mess with command lines, there’s always a third-party solution.

There are numerous programs for bulk renaming files in Windows, but our favorite is the program called Bulk Rename Utility.

Bulk Rename Utility is a simple, easy-to-use tool that allows you to choose between various options for renaming your files. The program is available for free, and you can download it from this link.bulk rename utility windows

When you open Bulk Rename Utility, just locate the files you want to rename, and select them. Now you can choose the high variety of options for renaming. Some of the options are the ability to replace characters, remove characters, add date, numbers, and even relocate your files.

If you’re not satisfied with how Bulk Rename Utility works, you can check for some alternatives online, we’re sure there are more good tools to batch rename files in Windows 10.

That should be all for our article about renaming multiples files in Windows. Tell us what in the comments, what do you think about these methods, and what is your favorite?

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Editor’s Note: This post was originally published in October 2016 and has been since updated for freshness, and accuracy.

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