Thursday, Jun 24, 2021, 16:10 Tips & Reports

Mac Tip: Renaming Multiple Files In Finder At Once

If you ever want to rename multiple files at once, there are normally two possibilities: either rename everything yourself by hand individually or via terminal commands – which the average user likely isn't familiar with. Not so well-known is the fact that there's actually a third path to renaming multiple files within Finder.

For example, let's say you've taken multiple screenshots and they simply have the automatic "Screenshot" + date and time name. If you want to rename multiple screenshots within a folder to simply "Screenshot", there's a way to do this with just Finder. First, select all of the files at once using shift + click or command + click:

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Then, right-click either by placing two fingers on your trackpad and clicking or press the right mouse button:



An option to rename the selected items will appear (in my case it says "Rename 6 Items..."). Click on it and a small window will open:



Here you can replace a part of text present within the name of all selected items with another set of text, for example, renaming "Screenshot" to "My Picture" or some such.

Other Methods
If that's not enough for you, then don't worry, there are still other ways. In the small pop-up menu that appears, it's possible to access more features. Click on the bar on the top left of the pop-up window and select "Format", it should look like this afterwards:



Now, two more pop-up options will appear. For example, on the left, the first option will be "Name and Index", on the right, the first option will be "After Name". Name and Index will rename all files whatever name you write into the text under it, After Name will then determine what comes after the name, for example, if you put 1 – then all files will be renamed "X" 1 (and then 2 and 3 and 4, etc., depending on how many files you have selected. You can also choose to add the date and time at which the file was last edited or to add a counter (00001, 000002, etc.) in place of a number at the end of each file name to differentiate.

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