How to Rename Multiple Files in Windows the Easy Way

Ben Stegner 06-01-2016

There are lots of boring tasks you can automate in Windows 4 Boring Tasks You Can Automate With the Windows Task Scheduler Your time is too valuable to be wasted with repetitive tasks. Let us show you how to automate and schedule tasks. We have a few great examples, too. Read More  and saving time on otherwise tedious chores is something everyone can appreciate. Next time you need to rename many files at once, here’s how to complete the process in seconds no matter how many files are involved.


The simplest way is to select all the files you want to rename in Windows Explorer. It’s a good idea to put everything into its own folder so you can use the headings to sort the files how you wish — perhaps a set of photos from a vacation in chronological order.

Simply press Ctrl + A inside your folder to select all files. If you don’t want to rename everything in the folder, use your mouse to highlight a group, or hold Ctrl and click to select multiple files.

After making your selection, right-click the first file and choose Rename. You’ll then need to type a “root” name that all files will share — so typing “Example Photo” means the first file will be named “Example Photo (1)”, the second “Example Photo (2)”, and so on. Press Enter once satisfied with your name and every file’s name will change.

This spartan method works fine if you have a bunch of files with long, useless names and want to quickly get them under control, but PowerShell gives you more flexibility. If you’re interested, read up on PowerShell basics 6 Basic PowerShell Commands to Get More out of Windows PowerShell is what you get when you give steroids to the Windows Command Prompt. It grants you control of nearly every aspect of the Windows system. We help you leap up its learning curve. Read More and consult Microsoft’s documentation on the Rename-Item command.

Check out our beginner’s guide to batch files Dip Your Toes in Batch File Programming for Windows Why do you let simple, repetitive tasks bore you? If you can't delegate, innovate! With Windows you can create simple little programs, called batch files, that will take care of these tiresome tasks. Read More if you’re interested in learning more about batch programming.


What files do you need to rename quickly? Do you use a different method for renaming? Have at it in the comments!

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Related topics: Batch File, PowerShell, Windows 10, Windows Tricks.

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  1. Anonymous
    January 7, 2016 at 7:55 am

    For Bulk Operations, I Use A Grandson Of The Old DOS File Manager XTREE - It Is Called ZTREE And You Can Try It Free For 30 Days.

    Can Not Live Without It - WINDOWS Would Be An Even Bigger Mess.


  2. Belmechri Hechachna
    January 6, 2016 at 1:01 pm

    Using Total Commander (Software) is the best way for me with many options of renaming

  3. rob
    January 6, 2016 at 12:26 pm

    Try also "file menu tools" from lopesoft, provides very flexible file renaming and a load more useful file management tools.

    The free download comes with unwanted extras and it's worth paying $25 for the pro version.