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Rename Multiple Filenames and File Extensions at Once in Windows 8/8.1 (How to)

Windows 8 has several handy features and one among them is the ability to rename multiple files at once. You can batch rename any file (images, audio and video, etc) in this way. You can also rename multiple file extensions in this way. The process is quite simple and anyone can simply do it.
You can add any name or numeric number, file date to the new file name. By doing so, you can remove unwanted characters, numbers or special symbols associated with your file name. Read the below simple tutorial to know how it is.

1. Open the folder where you have saved your files, for example photos taken by your camera.

2. In the file explorer, click “View” tab, then click “Sort by” and then choose an option, for instance “date taken”.

3. Now, press Ctrl + A to select all your files.

4. With everything still selected, press F2, then type the name you want to change and click Enter key. Windows precisely adds the name to each file and appends it with the file number. That is it!

Note: If you don’t want to make the changes, just press Ctrl + z to undo the batch file rename.

Renaming multiple file extensions at once

In Windows 8/8.1, you can also change file extension in batch without any third-party tool. For example, you can rename all your JPG images to PNG images. Here is how it is.

In this example, I’m going to change JPG images to PNG images.

1. Open the folder where you have saved your JPG file. Press Alt + F + P or click Shift key and right click and select “Open command window here” option to open a Command Prompt.

2. Now, simply type ren followed by the current extension and then a space followed by the desired extension as given below.

ren *.jpg *.png

3. Once you have entered the command, click Enter key.

It will instantly change your file extension. Hope you will enjoy the tutorial.


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