How To Rename a Series of Files (MS Windows XP)

I’m amazed that I never knew about Windows XP’s built-in function to rename a series of files.  It’s limited (with other available applications giving you more control over the renaming style), but it’s fast and easy.

  1. Open My Computer/Windows Explorer to the folder containing the files you want to rename.
  2. Select the group of files that you wish to rename.
  3. Right-click on the first file in the list and choose Rename from the menu options.
  4. Type a new name for the file…
    • Note that the first file will change to the name you type, while all other selected files will append a number enclosed in brackets to this name.
    • For example, if you typed ‘file.jpg’, the rest of the files will change to ‘file (1).jpg’, ‘file (2).jpg’, etc.
    • When sorting by name, the unnumbered file will sort to the bottom of the list.   To avoid this, include the starting number in the name you type, e.g. ‘mynewfile (1).jpg’.  The numbers for the other files will continue from this number.  Remember to include the space and brackets.
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