How to Batch Rename Files & Folders in Windows in a Snap

Dave LeClair 25-07-2016

Do you have a lot of files or folders that you need to rename? You could manually go through and right-click on every single file and rename them.


Or, you could download a handy tool called ContextReplace and bulk rename files and folders How to Batch Rename & Mass Delete Files in Windows Are you pulling your hair out over how to batch rename or delete hundreds or thousands of files? Chances are, someone else is already bald and figured it out. We show you all the tricks. Read More in a matter of seconds!

First, head to GitHub and download and install the free app [No Longer Available]. It’s tiny and should only take a couple seconds.

Once, installed, go to a folder in which there are files or subfolders you want to rename and click the newly added option called Replace… 


Once you click that, a new menu will open that has a ton of options for mass renaming files and folder. Essentially, it works like find and replace in Microsoft Word 10 Handy Productivity Add-Ins for Microsoft Word Add-ins can completely change your workflow. If you no longer have to leave your document for small tasks, your productivity will soar. Try out these 10 mini apps for Microsoft Word. Read More . So if you had a bunch of files with Cow in the name, you’d put that in the first box. If you wanted to replace all instances of Cow with Chicken, you’d type chicken in the second box.


There’s a bunch of other options such as rename subfolders, whether you want to rename just files or folders, etc. When you’re all set, click Replace and it’ll run through the process of mass-renaming.

In my experience, the program appeared to freeze while it was going, but after about 30 seconds, it came back and all the files and folders were renamed as promised.

Do you know of any other tools to mass-rename files in Windows? Let us know!

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  1. DT
    August 5, 2016 at 12:09 pm

    On Windows, I use ReNamer from den4b. Excellent utility.

  2. Alen
    July 31, 2016 at 1:20 pm

    PSA Media & Subtitle Renamer is useful for subtitle :)

  3. Anonymous
    July 26, 2016 at 3:27 am

    Among Many Other Features, I Use An Utility For Bulk Renaming Files - It Is Called ZTREE.


  4. Anonymous
    July 25, 2016 at 6:16 pm

    The command Prompt is really easy too, as it understands globbing:

    ren *cow*.* *chicken*.*

  5. Anonymous
    July 25, 2016 at 11:37 am

    People often use this application if they want everything to be organized. Perfect human :)