Stupid Simple Mac Tips #43 – Renaming Files in Bulk

Stupid Simple Mac Tips #43 – Renaming Files in Bulk

By Tom Lambotte | August 18, 2020

There could be many reasons you want to rename a large group of files. It is often for organizational purposes.

Apple has a built-in batch file renaming tool that allows Mac users to instantly rename large groups of files, folders, photos, or anything else residing on their file system in a single action.

Step-by-Step Directions for Batch Renaming

Before delving into the process, I should mention that you can only rename files of the same type in bulk (example:  PDF, audio, Word, Excel).

Here’s how:

  • Open the Finder of Mac OS X Finder and select the files being renamed.
  • Right-click (or Control-click) to view the menu of options.
  • Choose “Rename [#] Items”  [insert GIF]
  • Now, you can choose to:
    • Replace Text
    • Add Text
    • Name Format
  • Pick one and read through the options to define what actions will occur.

You now have an easy way to rename batches of files to adhere to desired naming conventions.

  • August 18, 2020

About the Author

Tom Lambotte is a legal technology expert, author and the CEO of GlobalMac IT. He helps Mac-using lawyers with super simple technology, security and efficiency strategies that work. He’s on a mission to help attorneys using Apple computers reduce their security risk and get more out of their technology. Get his free 33 Stupid Simple Mac Tips and score some quick wins to boost your productivity.