How to Use Bulk Rename Utility to Rename Multiple Files in Windows


How to Use Bulk Rename Utility to Rename Multiple Files in Windows

Bulk Rename Utility is a free file renaming software that allows you to easily rename multiple files and folders based on flexible criteria. You can add, replace, insert or delete text, change the case, add numbers, dates, extensions and more. You can also use regular expressions to perform complex renaming operations. In this article, we will show you how to use Bulk Rename Utility to rename multiple files in Windows.

Step 1: Download and install Bulk Rename Utility

You can download Bulk Rename Utility from its official website: https://www.bulkrenameutility.co.uk/Download.php/. The software is compatible with all versions of Windows, from Windows 11 to Windows 2000. You can choose between the installer version or the portable version. The installer version will add a context menu option to Windows File Explorer, while the portable version can be run from any location without installation.

Step 2: Launch Bulk Rename Utility and select the files or folders you want to rename

After installing or extracting Bulk Rename Utility, you can launch it from the Start menu or the desktop shortcut. You will see a main window with a lot of options and a preview pane. To select the files or folders you want to rename, you can either drag and drop them from Windows File Explorer to the main window, or use the navigation tree on the left side to browse to the location where they are stored. You can also right-click on any file or folder in Windows File Explorer and choose PowerRename from the context menu if you have installed the software.

Step 3: Enter the search and replace text or regular expression


Step 2: Launch Bulk Rename Utility and select the files or folders you want to rename

Once you have selected the files or folders you want to rename, you can enter the text or regular expression you want to search for and replace with in the corresponding fields at the top of the main window. You can also use some predefined variables such as %N for name, %E for extension, %D for date and %T for time. For example, if you want to add a prefix “IMG_” to all your image files, you can enter %N in the Search for field and IMG_%N in the Replace with field.

Step 4: Choose the options and filters you want to apply

Bulk Rename Utility offers a lot of options and filters that you can use to customize your renaming operation. For example, you can choose whether to match all occurrences of the search text or only the first one, whether to make the search case sensitive or not, whether to apply the renaming to file names only or extensions only or both, whether to include subfolders or not, whether to ignore hidden or read-only files or not, etc. You can also use some advanced features such as numbering, trimming, cropping, inserting, moving and swapping parts of the file names. You can check or uncheck the boxes next to each option or filter to enable or disable them.

Step 5: Preview and execute the renaming operation


Step 4: Choose the options and filters you want to apply

Before you execute the renaming operation, you can preview the results in the preview pane at the bottom of the main window. You will see the original file name and the new file name for each selected item. You can also sort or filter the items by clicking on the column headers. If you are satisfied with the results, you can click on the Rename button at the bottom right corner of the main window. A confirmation dialog will appear asking you if you are sure you want to rename all items. Click Yes to proceed or No to cancel. You can also undo a renaming operation by pressing Ctrl+Z in Windows File Explorer.

Conclusion


Step 5: Preview and execute the renaming operation

Bulk Rename Utility is a powerful and easy-to-use tool that can help you rename multiple files and folders in Windows quickly and efficiently. You can use it for various purposes such as organizing your photos, music, documents and other files by adding prefixes, suffixes, dates, numbers and other information. You can also use it to correct spelling errors, remove unwanted characters or symbols, change case and more. You can also use regular expressions to perform complex renaming operations that are not possible