1. Joined : Jul 2016
    Sunnyvale, CA
    Posts : 291
    Windows 10 Professional
       29 Sep 2016 #1

    File Explorer Auto Renaming Organization Within Folders


    Yea, the topic name sounds very in-depth and confusing haha, so let me elaborate.

    Sometimes I download wallpaper images, and Properly rename them so they don't have so much useless info in the filename. When I am renaming the files, sometimes I would rename a file that has the same name as a file that already has that name, so File Explorer tells me to rename it with adding "(2)" to the end of the file name. When that happens, I would like File Explorer to automatically rename the first one to have a "(1)" at the end of its filename.

    Let's take an example:
    There's an image that I renamed to Buildings.jpg. I will eventually run into another picture that I want to name as Buildings.jpg. When I do that, a question pops up asking me if it's ok to rename the file as Buildings (2).jpg. I say sure, why not bro? Then it gets renamed to that: Buildings (2).jpg. That is awesome, yet File Explorer categorizes this file name and places it above Buildings.jpg:

    Buildings (2).jpg
    Buildings (3).jpg (this is where the third one gets placed)
    Buildings (4).jpg (this is where the fourth one gets placed)
    Buildings.jpg


    Notice how strange that looks? The first one is at the end of the list. I don't prefer that; I'd like consecutive files to be placed numerically under Buildings.jpg, hence:

    Buildings.jpg
    Buildings (2).jpg
    Buildings (3).jpg
    Buildings (4).jpg
    etc...


    But that doesn't happen. So I found an awesome trick which in a way I do prefer over my original idea; here's the naming layout that is sweet:

    Buildings (1).jpg
    Buildings (2).jpg
    Buildings (3).jpg
    Buildings (4).jpg
    etc...


    I rename the first one with a (1) at the end of the name.

    So my question is:
    Is there some method that will notice this rename and rename the first one by automatically adding a (1) at the end of it, instead of having me do it manually?

    Thanks so much!
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  2. Joined : Aug 2014
    Forever West
    Posts : 2,539
    Win10 Home and Pro, Win10 Insider Preview, Win7 Home, Linux Mint
       29 Sep 2016 #2

    pepanee said: View Post
    There's an image that I renamed to Buildings.jpg. I will eventually run into another picture that I want to name as Buildings.jpg. When I do that, a question pops up asking me if it's ok to rename the file as Buildings (2).jpg. I say sure, why not bro? Then it gets renamed to that: Buildings (2).jpg. That is awesome, yet File Explorer categorizes this file name and places it above Buildings.jpg:

    Buildings (2).jpg
    Buildings (3).jpg (this is where the third one gets placed)
    Buildings (4).jpg (this is where the fourth one gets placed)
    Buildings.jpg
    In the grand scheme of things Windows uses the file name and if 2 or more identical will start naming using special characters which puts the actual name at the bottom of the list. Best way is to name it yourself if given the opportunity but I do find myself in File Explorer a lot renaming the automatic saves as desired. By identical it is meant every character in the original file name shows as the same for 2 or more files hence the need to make something different as no 2 exactly-named files can exist in a Folder [Directory on Win3.x and MS-DOS 6.22 and earlier]. The Folder names changed with Win95. Yeah, I know, technicalities but I learned with DOS and Win3.x in '92 and had to start relearning with Win95.
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  3. Joined : Jul 2016
    Sunnyvale, CA
    Posts : 291
    Windows 10 Professional
       29 Sep 2016 #3

    But you can see how that doesn't really look right. I guess Microsoft kept the whole naming process referring to the old skool layout.
    Yet is there some Windows modification/3rd party app that can do it for me automatically?
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