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Learn How to Batch Rename Files on Windows 11

Batch Rename Files

When you’re dealing with a large number of files, there are occasions when you’ll want to rename them all at once to make them easier to handle. Manually renaming all of your files might be tedious, but Windows 11 has a couple options for mass renaming. We’ll walk you through the procedures to batch rename files in Windows 11 in this article.

Rename Multiple Files in Windows 11 (2022)

Windows 11 File Explorer allows you to batch rename files.

Did you know that you may batch rename files in Windows 11’s default file explorer? Although it lacks the flexibility of PowerToys or other third-party batch file renaming tools, it suffices for most users. The following is how it works:

  1. Using the Windows 11 keyboard shortcut ‘Win+E,’ open File Explorer and select the files you want to rename. Right click the files you want to rename and select “Rename” from the context menu. You can also rename the files using the ‘F2’ keyboard shortcut.

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  1. Press the Enter key to give the files a new name. While the text box will appear in one of the selected images, it’s worth noting that Windows will give all of the selected files the same name with varying numbers.

Batch Rename Files

  1. As you can see in the screenshot below, Windows renamed all of the selected files with the same name in a batch. This is all you need to effortlessly rename numerous files on Windows 11 if you don’t mind having a number at the end of the file name.

In Windows 11, use PowerToys to batch rename files.

  1. Run the PowerToys installer setup file downloaded from GitHub. To finish the setup and open PowerToys, follow the on-screen instructions.

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  1. From the left sidebar of PowerToys, switch to the “PowerRename” page and click “Open Options” to evaluate your PowerRename settings.

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  1. You’ll note that the “Enable PowerRename” toggle is turned on by default. If this isn’t the case, PowerRename should be enabled.

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4. Right-click on the files you wish to rename and choose Rename. To expand the context menu, click “Show additional options” and select “PowerRename.”

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  1. In the top box, type the word you want to replace, and in the “Replace with” textbox, type the new word.

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  1. To batch rename files on Windows 11 using PowerRename, click the “Apply” button in the bottom-left corner of the app.

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Batch Rename Windows 11 Files with a Third-Party App

To rename files in bulk, you could use specialised batch renaming software. While there are many options available, FastStone’s Photo Resizer is one that we recommend. Although the app appears to be outdated, it is quick and has a low learning curve.

  1. Download FastStone Photo Resizer and go to the folder where the files you wish to rename are located. To add files to the renaming queue, select them and click the “Add” button.

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  1. Use the filename template to set the common name, or search and replace certain words in the file name. Using the symbols specified in the app’s suggestions section, you may also use the parent folder’s name, year, date, and other information. To mass rename files, click the “Rename” button after you’ve specified the desired name and format.

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  1. A confirmation prompt will show in the application. To confirm the changes, click “Yes.”

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  1. FastStone will now rename the files you’ve selected, and the results will appear on the next page.

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Rename Multiples Files at Once in Windows 11

That concludes the three methods for batch renaming files in Windows 11. Meanwhile, check out our other tips on how to always run apps as an administrator in Windows 11 and how to add a guest account in Windows 11. To learn more about hidden features in Windows 11, see our article on the finest Windows 11 hidden features.

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