How to Change File Names in Bulk in Windows. On Windows 10, renaming a single file is straightforward, but the problem arises when you need to change the name or extension to a long list of files in a particular folder location. Although you can always use third-party tools (including Microsoft PowerToys) to speed up the process, Windows 10 ships with several ways to make it easier to change the name of files using File Explorer, PowerShell, and Command Prompt. In this Windows 10 guide, we will walk you through three ways to rename multiple files, including changing the extension, without the need to resource to third-party tools.
Rename multiple files at once
This article teaches you how to change the names of multiple files at once in Windows.
- Press ⊞ Win+E to open the File Explorer. This displays a list of drives, folders, and files on your computer.
- Open the folder with the files you want to change.
- Select the files. To select more than one file at a time, hold Ctrl as you click each file. If you prefer, you can click and drag a box around the files you want to edit.
- To select all of the files in a folder, click somewhere in the folder, then press Ctrl+A.
- Right-click the highlighted files. A context menu will expand.
- Click Rename. It’s near the bottom of the menu. The names of all of the files are now edible.
- Type in the name you want for your files and press ↵ Enter. This changes all of the file names to what you’ve typed, but each subsequent file will end with a number.
- For example, if you name the first file Cat.gif, the next file will be called Cat(2).gif, then Cat(3).gif, etc.
How to rename multiple files using File Explorer
If you want to rename one or multiple files on Windows 10, File Explorer provides the quickest methods.
Rename multiple files one at a time
To rename multiple files with the “Tab” key, use these steps:
- Open File Explorer.
Quick tip: You can quickly open File Explorer with the icon in the taskbar, using the Windows key + E keyboard shortcut, or from the Start menu, click the File Explorer icon from the left rail.
- Browse to the folder with the files to rename.
- Click the View tab.
- Select the Details view.
- Select the first file in the folder.
- Click the Home tab.
- Click the Rename button.Quick tip: You can also press the F2 button. Right-click the file and select the Rename option from the context menu. Or you can click the file once and slowly click the name again to trigger the rename action.
- Rename the file.
- Press the Tab key to jump and trigger the rename action for the next file down the list.
- Confirm the new file name.
- Press the Tab key again to jump and trigger the next rename.
Quick tip: You can keep pressing the Tab key to skip the file and continue renaming other files.
- Continue repeating steps No. 9 and 10 to rename all the files.
Once you complete these steps, keep pressing the “Tab” key to continue renaming files.