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File Renamer is a feature that lets you rename files in a batch mode. A variety of renaming methods are available, you can set any file name format you wish or use some of predefined presets, remove unnecessary characters, change the file extension etc. File renamer works fast and you can select single files, folders or entire disks as well.

 

To open its window click on the File Renamer button located at Main toolbar > Tools tab  > Editors group

The File Renamer window is divided into following parts:

 

Navigation Bar, which is grouping all the commands and options you can use to work with files
File Browser where you can select files you want to rename

 

How to rename files:

1. Select renaming methods by checking appropriate check marks

2. Choose selected renaming methods options (many of the have some of drop down lists)

3. Select files in the File Browser.  You may select as many files as you wish (including folders as well)

4. Click on the Rename button to begin .That it is!

All files will be renamed accordingly to the renaming settings that are set on the navigation bar controls.

 

The very first group of controls on the window is located on the top of navigation bar:

 

Preview - Text box at the top of the window

This text box will show you how the file name will look like after applying renaming settings.

This preview works in the real time.

Note: File extension is not shown.

 

Rename

Click this button to begin the renaming process of your files

 

General renaming options


 

 

Case Preset

If checked then renamer will format file name using preset style selected in the next drop down presets list.

If not checked then renamer will not change the file name case

Presets List:

Here from this drop down list you can choose one of ready to use file name styles. Available styles are:

Name name name

First letter of first word in Upper Case. All of the rest file name letters in Lower Case

Name Name Name

All first letters of all words in Upper Case

name name name

All words in Lower Case

NAME NAME NAME

All words are in Upper Case

NAme NaMe nAMe

Letters of all words will be randomly assigned to different cases
 
There are more presets you can select, they works in the same mode as above but they will use a separator to modify the file name.

     
Remove Unwanted

Use this function to remove from the file name all signs, characters or words that are included into your list of Unwanted Characters.

You can build your own list of Unwanted Characters, like &^%$ or numbers 0123.. or even you can include a whole words.

Program has already built-in a list of several unwanted characters.

To modify that list or add a new character please click the button with an arrow image. The following popup window will be invoked:

 

 

To ad a new item to the list please click the add button. or to remove from the list please click the remove button.
After you click the Add button and new item is added you can type the character into a cell in Character column.
To use the character during file renaming you must check it in the Use column, if not checked then particular character will not be used.

 

Temporary Character - Text box

If you want to quickly remove some character or word form file names you can enter it into a text box next to this drop down list.
As long as the entered character remains, program will use it.
To clear the text box click on the small cross delete button. Please note that this method is not a case sensitive .

 

Extension

If this check mark is selected then you can change files extensions. Enter a new extension into a text box.

Program remembers your last entries, so you can choose one of them from the text box drop down list.
Please be careful when selecting files on disk, changing the file extension may cause that the file will not open in associated program anymore.

 

Rename From TXT file

You can use a plain text file with predefined file names to rename selected files, for example if you have a files with the names like Track 01.mp3, Track 02.mp3 etc then you can use this function to change file names on disk with those names defined in the text file.

To use such file please check this check mark and set the text file location in the Options group.

How renaming from text file works:
File Renamer will read your text file line by line and rename files on disk accordingly until reaches the last line in text file.
In the case when you have selected more files in the File Browser than a text file contains, renamer will not stop. Rest of the selected files on disk will be renamed accordingly using current File Renamer's settings.

A text file should be a plain text document and should not include in the middle of the file name any of these character : , ; ; \ / (comma, semicolon, colon, slashes).

 

Insert renaming options


This group of setting contains a several options you can use to insert something into a file name
 

 

Before Name

You can enter a text into a text box right next to this check mark  and renamer will add this text before the file name.

If you want to separate entered text from the current file name you must add a space at the end of entered text manually

 

After Name

You can enter a text in text box right next to this check mark and renamer will add this text after the filename.

If you want to separate entered text from the current file name you must add a space in the front of entered text manually
 

Separator

Inserts a separator - character into a file name. From the drop down list right next to this check mark you can choose where to insert the separator.
 

Pattern

Format a file name with special defined pattern. You can choose from drop down list one or more patterns. Any chosen pattern will be added to the text box.

The following patters are available.

%Disk L
This pattern will add to the file format name current disk letter (a disk letter from the current File Browser path)

%Disk N
This pattern will add to the file format name current disk name (a disk name from the current File Browser path)

%Folder

This pattern will add to the file format name file parent folder name

%File

This pattern will add to the file format the file name itself

%Year:

This pattern will add to the file format current year, you can also type a year in the text box just after the Year:

%Sep:

This pattern will add to the file format some separator, you can type a separator in the text box just after the Sep: if you do not type then empty space is used as default separator
Use thios pattern to divide other patterns with separator if necessary

%User:
This pattern will add to the file format computer current user name, you can also type a new user name in the text box just after the User:

 

Special

This is yet another function that lets you insert something into a file name.

You can choose from drop down list one or more predefined methods or patterns, from another drop down list you can choose a position where to insert that special pattern.

The following patterns are available

Parent Folder Name
Inserts into a file name file parent folder name

Root Folder Name

Inserts into a file name file root folder name (the file parent folder name is excluded)
Any specials folder path dividers and characters of such path are replaced with empty space

Computer User Name

Inserts into a file name computer current user name

 

 

Replacing options


This group of setting contains a several options you can use to replace something within a file name
 


 

Replace

Replace - First text box right next to this check mark

Replace with - Second text box below Replace text box

 

Text entered into the field Replace is replaced by the string from Replace with.

This is NOT a case sensitive, that means all texts are treated equally as they were a lower case texts.

 

Translate

The Translate method allows to translate one word with another that is specified in a list of words to translate.
You can build your own list of words or sentences to translate. To modify that list or add a new words please click the next button with arrow image.
The following popup window will be invoked

 

 

To ad a new item to list please click the add button. or to remove from list please click the remove button.
After you click the Add button and new item is added you can type word or words you need to translate into a cell in Sentence column.
Into a column named Replacement type the new word or words.

There is no limit regarding entered numbers items, it works fast even with hundreds of items.

 

File Renamer general options


This group of setting contains a few options to control the behaviour of File Renamer

 

 

Auto Preview

If check mark is checked then File Renamer will show in the Preview text box how the new file name will looks like

 

Renaming methods

Here you can select one of available methods. You can choose to rename file only, only folders or rename all. In addition there is one special option that lets rename only specific files.
To rename specific files only please enter a file extension into a Specific Files text box. Please enter only extension like MP3 without the dot.

You can also choose specific group of files from drop down list. The predefined group files are:

Media

Audio

Video

Archives

Playlists

Text

Pictures

If you select one of those group of files then renamer will operate only on those files. However to have more control over renaming File Renamer will rename only those files that are set to use in User Files Filtering options

 

After Rename Turn Off

Here you can select which of renaming methods you want to have turned off  (unselected) after the Rename operation is completed.

 

File Names Text File Location
Here you can choose and set a text file to use with Rename From TXT file method.

To choose a file please click on three dots button.

The small V button will invoke your default text editor so you can edit the specified text file