You have a list of 100 Finder items that need to be renamed. A long an laborious task if you don’t have some powerful tools to help you. Finder has an excellent tool for multiple rename’s of files and folders. It is very simple to use and with some quick tips you can rename files with ease and simplicity. If you are smart, you can also apply some basic rules which can get quite complex. This is tip is also useful if you need to delete part of the name of a file.
Multiple Rename – Changing Words
The simplest tools to use but the most useful. This is a simple replace text option. It will find the string of words and change them depending on what you enter. To make this tool even better, add spaces to either the beginning of end of the replace text string to ensure the formatting is correct.
If you want to remove a word, simply keep the replace box blank or add a space depending on how your file name is formatted.
With this tool you can replace one word or multiple words at a time. Use the example preview in the bottom corner to ensure the file name is correct.
Adding Words To The Beginning Or End
Very useful if you have a string of files and want to add a word to the file name. Enter the words you want to add and select if you want to add the string at the beginning or end of the file. Again, use a space to ensure the formatting is correct.
The replace text option can also do this, if you add the first or last word of the file name into the find box. However, this tool is a lot quicker.
Complete Rename With An Index
This is probably the most useful if you have hundreds of files and want to name them exactly the same but have some sort of index. This will delete the file name given, then using the two options will give you a text prefix along with a sequential number, great for renaming long lists. The index option will start at a single digit, the counter option will give you a five digit number with leading zeros.
If you keep the custom format box blank, if will append the index to the existing file name.
If you just want a list of numbers, add a simple custom format into the box as shown above, then use the replace text option to search for the name you have just entered and replace it with nothing. Again, make sure your spaces are correct to ensure good formatting.
If a any point you want to go back to a previous name use the Edit > Undo option from the menu bar to reverse the change.