How to Batch Rename Files or Folders Using Bulk Rename Utility

Have you ever rename lot of files or folders which have a same pattern? If there are a few files or folders, it would be easy to rename each one at the time. You can press F2 on a file or folder to rename it instead of right-click on it and select Rename. But what if you want to rename more than 10 files, it would be waste time to rename each one by yourself. For example, you have photo files from your digital camera and the files are in pattern DSCxxxx.jpg where xxxx is a number, you may want to rename it to Thailandxxxx.jpg to make your files more descriptive.There is a free utility called Bulk Rename Utility which allows you to do batch rename files or folders on Windows. The utility performs quite fast and easy even the interface looks complicate. See Bulk Rename Utility for more details.
Bulk Rename Utility

In the section below, I’ll show 2 examples of how to do batch rename files which are:

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  1. Download & Run Bulk Rename Utility.
  2. Batch rename files by add .jpg extension.
  3. Batch rename files by replace old text with new text.

Step-by-step to batch rename files or folders using Bulk Rename Utility

Download & Run Bulk Rename Utility

  1. Download Bulk Rename Utility on download section. In this example, I use “No-Installer” version so I can use the utility without install it.
    Bulk Rename Utility No-Installer Version
  2. Extract the downloaded file “BRU_NoInstall.zip” and open the folder 32-bit. Double-click on “Bulk Rename Utility.exe” to run the program.
    Extract BRU_NoInstall.zip
  3. The interface of the program is as the figure below. Don’t worry, it’s not complicate as its look.
    Bulk Rename Utility Interface

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Batch rename files by add .jpg extension

  1. I’m going to rename all the files on C:\Batch\NoExtension. Actually, the files are photos but they don’t have an extension so I’ll add .jpg extension for them.
    The files are going to be renamed
  2. Back to the program. Browse to the folder and select all files. Notice the number of selected files at the bottom left of the program.
    Select the Files
  3. On Extension (11), select Fixed from drop-down menu and type jpg on the box. You’ll see that the values on New Name column are changed.
    Set Extension
  4. Click Rename to start rename the files.
    Batch Rename Files
  5. The pop-up window appears, warn you that 19 files will be affected from this process. Click OK.
    Warning the affected files
  6. The pop-up window appears, the process is successfully.
    Batch Rename Successfully
  7. Open the folder in Windows Explorer. Now the files are bulky renamed.
  8. The Bulky Renamed Files

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Batch rename files by replace old text with new text

  1. From the previous example, I have batch add an jpg extension to files. Now I want to change name from ATTxxxxx.jpg to BKKxxxxx.jpg.
  2. Back to the program, select all files again in the folder again.
    Select the Files
  3. On Repl. (3), type ATT in the Replace box and BKK in the With box. Notice that the values on New Name column are changed. Click Rename.
    Rename by Replace Text
  4. Now the files are bulky renamed.
    The Bulky Renamed Files

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Summary

The Bulk Rename Utility can do batch rename files or folders different from examples above such as adding numbering on files, remove text on fixed position, add date to files, etc. It is free, fast and simple utility.

5 Comments

  1. dRJ July 15, 2009
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