File renamer utility?

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  1. Posts : 771
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       #11

    Microsoft's own powertoys has batch renaming feature.

    GitHub - microsoft/PowerToys: Windows system utilities to maximize productivity
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    sandyt said:
    Microsoft's own powertoys has batch renaming feature.

    GitHub - microsoft/PowerToys: Windows system utilities to maximize productivity
    Tried it:

    PowerToys/src/modules/powerrename at master . microsoft/PowerToys . GitHub

    It seems to be search and replace only rather than insert string.
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    Callender said:
    I've managed to get the standalone version without SMF if you want it:
    It is also unsigned and you'd have to allow it to run.
    I'm trying SMF right now but haven't found the renamer function yet.

    Edit: I just found that option under File/3rd party options.

    Edit 2: I was doing great. Got overconfident and forgot to do a preview (which would have caught my error). How can I delete extra characters in the middle of a filename? For instance, 2020AMEX_03.pdf back to 2020.03.pdf using the rename utility?

    Your illustration was great and very helpful. But the first time I didn't see the option to place the folder name in front of the filename was checked, so I had to replace that with a backup copy. Made a successful rename. Did another one adding a character in mid-name... that worked great. So I tried it on my main data file and forgot about moving the start to mid-name. Oops. No harm, but I'm not sure how to fix that using the utility.

    I fixed it by simply copying my backup file I had correctly named into my main data file. But I'd still like to know how to delete specific characters in the filename. I know how to add... but don't know how to use that utility to delete.
    Last edited by speedlever; 17 Mar 2020 at 21:39.
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       #14

    Replace desired text with blank (leave box blank)

    Don't forget to click Preview before renaming.

    File renamer utility?-renamefiles-v2.42.jpg
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    I don't think that you can use it to delete specific characters mid-string.

    You can delete a fixed number of characters then replace them later with something else.
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  6. Posts : 83
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    Callender said:
    Replace desired text with blank (leave box blank)

    Don't forget to click Preview before renaming.

    File renamer utility?-renamefiles-v2.42.jpg
    Oh. How did i miss that? Thanks. That should also delete characters where-ever they are in the file name, I would think.

    Yeah. Learned my lesson about that valuable preview button!

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    Callender said:
    I don't think that you can use it to delete specific characters mid-string.

    You can delete a fixed number of characters then replace them later with something else.
    Actually, I inserted some LC characters mid-string and renamed a test file. I then replaced the lower case characters with "" and the program performed as expected, left the UC characters alone, deleted the LC characters and presented the results I wanted.

    The fact that you took the time to make that quick tutorial was very helpful. I'm sure the other programs would have performed very well, but minimizing the learning time the way you did for me made the 3rd party renamer app easy to use and took less time for me to learn how to use it.

    Thanks again for your help (and to the others who contributed too!)
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  7. Callender's Avatar
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    Glad it worked for you.
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  8. DonMurray's Avatar
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    I am wishing I could Trick the RenameFiles_v2.42_us.exe application to also include folders in its renaming.
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