How to rename multiple files at once in Windows 10

This tutorial will show you step by step how to quickly rename multiple files at once in Windows 10.

The steps on this page work for photos, documents, video files, audio files, and other types of files.

How to batch rename files on Windows 10 using PowerToys

Microsoft PowerToys is a set of utilities for power users to tune and streamline their Windows 10 experience for greater productivity.

We'll be using the PowerToys PowerRename utility for renaming multiple files at once.

PowerRename is a bulk renaming tool that allows you to:

You can download PowerToys from GitHub, here.

You can find the latest release at the top of the page.

To download PowerToys, you click on the EXE file with a name similar to PowerToysSetup-0.27.1-x64.exe.

Download Microsoft PowerToys

Once the download is complete, you run the file to install PowerToys on your PC.

On this page, you'll find two methods for renaming multiple files at once using PowerToys. The first method is for renaming all files to something completely new. And the second method is replacing a word in all file names.

How to rename all files to something new

The steps below will show you how to replace entire file names with something completely new.

1. Open File Explorer (Windows Explorer).

Open File Explorer in Windows 10

2. Go to the files you want to rename.

3. Select the files.

Below you'll find two ways to select multiple photos at once.

4. Right-click on the selected files and then click on PowerRename.

Rename multiple files at once in Windows 10 using PowerRename

The PowerRename window will open.

5. Type the following expression .* in the Search text box.

6. In the Replace text box, you type what you want to replace it with.

7. Check the Use Regular Expressions, Enumerate Items, and Item Name Only options.

Rename multiple files at once in Windows 10 using PowerRename

Tip: PowerRename provides a preview of how the renamed files will look after the renaming process.

8. When you're done setting it up, you click on the Rename button at the bottom of the PowerRename window.

PowerRename will now rename all files at once.



How to rename all files by replacing a word in all file names

1. Open File Explorer (Windows Explorer).

Open File Explorer in Windows 10

2. Go to the files you want to rename.

3. Select the files.

Below you'll find two ways to select multiple photos at once.

4. Right-click on the selected files and then click on PowerRename.

Rename multiple files at once in Windows 10 using PowerRename

The PowerRename window will open.

5. In the Search text box, you type a search term.

6. In the Replace text box, you type what you want to replace it with.

PowerRename will replace the first occurrence (or every occurrence if you check the Match All Occurrences option) of that search term in all file names with the text you entered in the Replace text box.

Rename multiple files at once in Windows 10 using PowerRename

Tip: PowerRename provides a preview of how the renamed files will look after the renaming process.

PowerRename offers several options. Check the options you need. Below you'll find what each option does:

7. When you're done setting it up, you click on the Rename button at the bottom of the PowerRename window.

PowerRename will now rename all files at once.

If you don't like the result, you can press [CTRL] + [Z] in File Explorer to undo the renaming process.



How to batch rename files on Windows 10 without extra software

1. Open File Explorer (Windows Explorer).

Open File Explorer in Windows 10

2. Go to the files you want to rename.

3. Select the files.

4. Right-click on the selected files and then click on Rename.

Rename multiple files at once in Windows 10

5. Type a name.

6. Press the [Enter] key on your computer's keyboard.

Rename multiple files at once in Windows 10

Windows will now rename all files at once.

If you don't like the result, you can press [CTRL] + [Z] in File Explorer to undo the renaming process.



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References:

HowToGeek.com

Microsoft.com