Stupid Simple Mac Tips #43 – Renaming Files in Bulk
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).
- Open the Finder and select the files being renamed.
- Right-click (or Control-click) to view the menu of options.
- Choose “Rename [#] Items”
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- 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.