How can I best rename PDFs using Windows Explorer and the preview pane?

eli February 20, 2012

I have a huge amount of scientific articles that needs to be renamed according to the title of the text themselves, instead of the stupid random number they get when you download them from academic databases.

To do so, I currently select each file in Explorer with preview pane on, F2 to rename, and manually type the title I see in the preview. I’d be much easier if I could actually copy&paste what I see in the preview. Or find another way entirely.

    February 25, 2012 at 7:31 am

    Hello, from the looks of things you will be using this tool extensible.  In your case, I would spend a little bit of cash and get XYplorer.  It is a explorer replacement for windows.  It includes all the functions you need to rename your pdf files.  It shows previews, does batch renaming, tabbed browsing, etc.  Here is the link:



    APDF - Preview and rename:

    You could download the trial both software shown above to check if you are satisfied with results. 

  2. Azamat "Bohed" E
    February 21, 2012 at 12:46 pm

    try they have a desktop app as well. It takes the title, author,etc data from PDF and then by right-click you can automatically rename files

  3. Anonymous
    February 20, 2012 at 6:54 pm

    Windows rename ability is little narrowed. You have to go to some soft.

    A-PDF Rename
    batch rename multiple PDF document based on content, metadata and file attributes within PDF files

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