Struggling to rename multiple files at a time on your Windows PC? Or you have a significantly large number of files that need to be organised and named accordingly to be stored on your computer? Fortunately, on Windows PC you can perform batch rename files at once in various ways, using File Explorer or Command Prompt or the extremely handy PowerToys app. We have provided a step by step process for all the different ways to mass rename files on Windows 10/11, you select the right method for your specific requirements.

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Batch Rename Multiple Files at once using File Explorer

You can rename individual files on Windows PC easily by Double-Clicking on the file and renaming it by entering new name, However to batch rename Multiple Files in Windows 10 follow below show steps –

  1. Open File Explorer on your Windows PC and navigate to the folder where you want to change the name of the files in a batch. Now Select all the files you want to rename individually while press & hold Ctrl key or you can press Ctrl + A keys simultaneously to select all files in folder or Click on ‘Select All’ option at top.
    Select multiple files to rename
  2. Now either press F2 key or Click on ‘Rename’ option at top to enter the new filename base you want and Press Enter key on keyboard.
    select multiple files and press f2 for rename
  3. All the batch files you had selected to be renamed are now changed to the new file name you entered with count number affixed in parentheses.
    undo batch rename files once
  4. In case you want to undo the batch rename to the files you have done, Press Ctrl + Z keys simultaneously or Click on ‘Undo’ button from above menus. This will replace the renamed files with original file names.

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Batch Rename Multiple Files at once Using Command Prompt

You can also use Command Prompt on your Windows rename multiple files at once with simple commands as shown below –

  1. First open the File Explorer and navigate to the location where you change the name of the files. Here Right-Click on the top file path shown and Select ‘Copy address’ option.
    copy address bar address
  2. Now open Command Prompt on your Windows PC by Searching ‘Command Prompt’ on the search box of taskbar. And enter command ‘cd’ and press Ctrl + V keys simultaneously. This will paste the file path to the folder location where you want to rename the files. Then Press ‘Enter’ on the keyboard.
    run command in cmd
  3. Enter the following command to batch rename multiple file names : ‘ ren Old-File-Name*.* New-File-Name*.* ‘ and then Press Enter to execute.
    choose new file name in CMD
  4. All the filenames with ‘Screenshot’ will be renamed to ‘NewName’ in the folder after the command is executed.

Batch Rename Multiple Files at once Using Powershell

Similarly like Command Prompt you can also easily change the names of multiple files at once using Powershell on your Windows PC. Follow below steps to use Powershell for this process –

  1. First open the File Explorer and navigate to the location of the files. Here Right-Click on the top file path shown and Select ‘Copy address’ option.
    change file name in powershell
  2. Now open PowerShell command on your Windows PC by Searching ‘Powershell’ on the search box of taskbar. And enter command ‘cd’ and press Ctrl + V keys simultaneously. This will paste the file path to the folder location where you want to rename the files. Then Press ‘Enter’ on the keyboard.
  3. Enter the following command to batch rename multiple file names : ‘ ls | %{Rename-Item $_ -NewName (“New-File-Name-{0}.Extension” -f $nr++)} ‘ and then Press Enter to execute.
    new file name in powershell
  4. All the files in the folder will be renamed to the newname and appended numbers at the end.

Batch Rename Multiple Files at once Using PowerToys App

To improve productivity on Windows PC, Microsoft has provided a helpful suite of tools combined into Microsoft PowerToys. Among the many productivity tools available in PowerToys app, PowerRename is also included which helps rename batch files easily with a few simple clicks.

  1. Open Microsoft Store app on your PC from the Start menu and Search for ‘PowerToys’ in the dialog box above. After the search result appears, Click on the ‘Install’ blue button.
    install microsoft powertoys
  2. After the installation is completed, launch PowerToys app and Select ‘PowerRename’ module from the left sidebar. Then Click on ‘Open Settings’ button at bottom and make sure the toggle is turned ON for the ‘Enable PowerRename’ option on the right panel.
    enable power rename in powertoys
  3. Now open File Explorer and navigate to the folder where you want to batch rename multiple files. Then Select all the files you want to rename and Right-Click on the selection and Click on ‘PowerRename’ option from the dropdown menu.
    power rename in power toys
  4. Now on the PowerRename window, you can provide the file names you want to change inside ‘Search for’ dialog box and enter the new name you want to change files into inside ‘Replace with’ dialog box. And you can preview the original file names and Renamed file names in the right panel.
    new name for powertoys batch rename
  5. You can also implement batch rename of files by selecting given filter options like ‘Use regular expressions’,’Match all occurrences’ and ‘Case sensitive’ options to target specific files you want to rename including the file extension types as well.
    choose extension in powertoys
  6. After you renaming all the batch files you wanted to, confirm the same by checking the preview shown. Finally Click on the ‘Apply’ button at the bottom to apply the change.
    apply changes in power toys

Using the PowerRename tool of PowerToys app you can rename and modify multiple files easily along with comprehensive filters and choose features you can individually target file rename specifically you want to change.

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Conclusion

These are the methods used in renaming files in Windows 10/11. You can select any of them as per your needs, however, third party applications such as Batch Photo, Image resizer etc.

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