Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Quickly renaming photo and text files in Windows XP

As I contemplate organizing my text and photo files dating back, well, a long way back, I ran across this handy tip on renaming digital photos files. I run Windows XP, but I am sure later versions of Windows will do this as well.

This facility allows you to rename a series of files with a new name followed by a sequential numbers:

  1. Open the folder containing the files you wish to rename.
  2. Select the ones you want to rename.
  3. Right click on the first file of that selected group and choose “Rename” from the pop-up menu.
  4. Type in the new name on that first file.
  5. Hit enter.

The first file will be renamed what you types in, and the remaining files will adopt that name but add a serial number in parenthesis. If you want the first file to have the (1) appended to it, just add the SPACE-PARENTHESIS-1-PARENTHESIS to the base name, and then all the files will be numbered.

So I started with a series of images named by the camera, beginning with DSCF0042.jpg, and so on, and quickly renamed them 0113 ROVER DARIN (1).jpg, and so on. How you name your files is up to you. I use the number for month and year. (ROVER DARIN was a project I did with one of my grandsons.)

There are other batch file renaming software programs. I know Photoshop includes this feature. Also, some online systems do not like spaces in the file names if you are uploading something. But this is a quick way to do it with your operating system.

You can do the same with text files. I generate so many of those with the way I write and conduct research, this approach is handy there as well.