Rename multiple files with Bulk Rename Utility

If you want to rename multiple files, for example, insert prefix to 100 files, or add created date to photos, it is quite a time-consuming task if you have to do it manually. There is a free tool, Bulk Rename Utility (BRU), which allows you to rename multiple files at once with a wide range of renaming options.

In this article, I will show how to rename multiple files at once on Windows 10 with Bulk Rename Utility
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  1. Download and install Bulk Rename Utility.
    1. Open web browser to
    2. Click Download on the left menu and click Download Bulk Rename Utility.
    3. Run the file to install it.

    Download and install Bulk Rename Utility

  2. Open Bulk Rename Utility
    1. Select a folder that contains files that you want to rename.
    2. Select files that you want to rename.

    Select files that you want to rename on BRU

  3. Configure renaming options. In this example, I will demonstrate with the following renaming options.
    1. I want to replace the prefix of these files so I enter GS00 on Replace field and Nature- on With field in Replace section.
    2. Add created date to filename by configure Auto Date section. Set mode to Prefix and add dash (-) between the figures.
    3. Change extension to lower case by configure in Extension section.
    4. I don’t want to rename the original file so I choose a folder on Path in Copy/Move to Location section and check the option Copy not Move.
    5. You will see preview name in New Name column. Click Rename at bottom right to begin the process.

    Configure renaming options

  4. Click OK to confirm.
    Note: You can’t undo the renaming process so make sure that the new filenames are as you want before continue.
    Confirm rename multiple files
  5. When finishes, click OK.
    Finished rename multiple files
  6. Browse to the folder and you will see the result.
    Renamed files

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