Renaming files can be a rather tedious task. Faced with the dilemma of downloading tons of files and are facing the prospect of finding your documents, music, photos in a pile of junk.
Even more so when you have a bunch of pictures from a similar source, say your phone, all tagged IMG_20170102_xyz.jpg, sorted in random order.
Wondering how to sort data, rename it, organize it so you don't have to deal with clutter, and be able to search through it easily.
Well, you've hit the right place. Let's look at one Latest Mailing Database of the simplest, but most wanted aspects of the PC. How do you rename multiple files and organize them just the way you want?
What should I do?
There are many ways to rename files, including
Right click -> Rename: too tedious to apply in the correct order. This method only works for a single file, or your batch of files does not need to be specially organized.
Using Command Prompt/Power Shell/Terminal: This method allows a lot of control, including search and replace for specific terms, specific sequencing and overall good organization of files. However, this is a manual method, and those who don't know the commands by heart to actually get the job done may face a lot of trouble.
Use 3rd party software: the best solution available at the moment, there are also many free and paid 3rd party software through which you can batch rename files, sort by folder, extension, just say what you think, it might be done . Not only that, these apps are a lot more powerful and how much you can control in your filename as well.
Today, let's take a look at some user-friendly free apps which can get the job done.
To do this, we're going to look at each of these in one application, available for Linux, Windows and Mac OS
Linux operating system: pyRenamer
Windows system: batch rename tool
Mac OS: Rename
Installing the app is the proverbial first step and it's pretty straightforward for all 3 platforms.
Open a terminal window
command and apt-get to install pyRenamer
Wait for the files to download and install, and you're done.
From the given link, download the batch rename tool
Just double-click the executable, install the application, and you're done.
From the given link, download the name changer
Unzip the file, drag it to your application folder, and you're done.
Once the app is installed, let's open the app and take it for a spin.
Opening pyRenamer to the outside world, we came up with a blank screen etc.
Browse to the folder whose file you want to rename and you'll see a preview of the file, its original name, and the renamed version according to the parameters.
pyRenamer includes quite a few functions, including
Insert and delete
Music metadata added to filenames
Image data FilenamepyRenamer is very simple to use. You can choose to rename all files of your choice, choose your parameters and just click to rename. Yeah, it's that simple.
For Windows, we want to use the batch rename tool. Opening it up, we came up with, we must admit, an incredible user interface.
The batch rename tool looks complicated, but trust us, it's actually quite simple when you look at it. This is one of the most feature-rich alternatives.
Batch rename toolkit for everything from adding characters to folder replacement.
capitalization of letters
Additional folder name
Move/copy files based on their names
The app to use is simple. You browse the file directory, choose your choice, and click the big blue Rename button.
In Mac OS we use name changer. This has to be one of the easiest applications to batch rename files. However, that's not necessarily a bad thing, as the app also serves its purpose perfectly.
Open in, to be processed, to an interface that screams simplicity. We can move all the files we need from this menu in the File Explorer (or Finder, as Apple likes to call it).
Name Changer is a very user-friendly option, but still manages to wrap in most of the useful features we see in pyRenamer and batch rename tools.
replace the first occurrence with
replace the last occurrence
Replace all one occurrence
Date/time based on
based on regular expressions
The app to use is to drag the file, select the parameters, and hit rename as simple.
Today's discussion is purely a topic of organization and aesthetics. It's true that you don't necessarily have to rename. It helps declutter your computer, like files are in their own folders, named correctly, and lets you get rid of junk you no longer need.