Windows 7 - Rename a Group of Files Simultaneously
By Stephen Bucaro
You know you can rename a file directly in Windows Explorer by clicking on the file's name to select it,
and then clicking on the file's name again (not double-clicking, but clicking twice). But did you know
that you can rename a group of files simultaneously?
To rename a group of files, press and hold the [Ctrl] key while clicking on the file names that you
want to change. Then right-click on the first file name, and in the popup menu that appears, choose
Rename. Type in the new file name and press the [Enter] key. Windows will rename all the files to
the name that you typed in, adding a number to the end of each file name (e.g. filename(1), filename(2),
If all the files that you want to rename happen to be adjacent to each other in the list, press and
hold the [Shift] key while clicking on the first and lst file names in the list. Then right-click on
the first file name, and choose Rename.
You can also select multiple files by placing the mouse pointer to one side of the list of adjacent
file names (e.g. upper-left) then, while holding the left mouse button while you move the mouse
pointer to the other side of the list of adjacent file names (e.g. lower-right). This will create
a box around the selected files.
• Note: You can't rename a file while it's in use by an application.
You can also use multiple file selection to copy or move a group of files to another folder. After
you select the group of files, with the mouse pointer over one of the file names, hold the right mouse
button down while dragging the files to the destination. Then release the right mouse button and
in the popup menu that appears, choose Copy here or Move here. You can also use this method to
drag a group of files to the Recycle Bin.
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