In Windows Explorer you can rename multiple files at one time, however it will the same file name with a sequential number at the end. To do this highlight or select all the files you want to rename in Windows Explorer, then right-click the first one and select Rename. Type your desired base file name and press Enter. All the files that were highlighted will be renamed to that exact same file name with a sequential number at the end. This is useful especially if you have pictures or graphics that are similar. Here are more details to do this function that applies to Windows XP, Vista and Windows 7 and 8, How to Rename Multiple Documents in Windows XP.
All File Renamer, File Renamer and Rename are free applications that allow renaming of files, folders and documents in a batch mode and offer a lot more functionality. These tools actually allow you to change multiple files with only a partial change and not a full change. For instance, let’s say you have a client file and want to add to all the documents, the client name in the name of the document without changing the original file names, these utilities will do it.
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File manager software programs are intended to replace Windows Explorer. They essentially provide a window to manipulate file directories and access documents. Here are a few recommended file managers if you would prefer to have additional functionality than Windows Explorer offers.
Universal Explorer: This is a free software tool designed for use on PCs to replace Windows Explorer. It offers the capability to view documents without opening them and to compress documents/ files into ZIP folders.
PowerDesk: PowerDesk provides the capability to simultaneously search over multiple drives. It will also customize file folders, such as color coding, labeling, and icon images.
Speedy Organizer: A simple document management system that essentially replaces Windows Explorer and offers good search functionality. Mainly for small- to medium-sized businesses.
Otixo: A file manager app specifically designed for cloud-based applications such as Dropbox, Google Docs, SkyDrive, Picasa, etc.
These file and folder utility system tools work with Windows Explorer and offer additional file management functionality that is not available in Windows Explorer. These tools can help to organize and manage electronic data.
Sky Juice Software: Sky Juice Software offers multiple products, including Quick File Rename and Fast Folder Rename, which allow users to rename multiple files or documents at one time. Folder Maker allows users to create multiple files and folders at one time automatically.
Folder Marker: Folder Marker Home allows users to change folder color or mark folders to indicate priority level and status.
Snag It: This software creates screen images or Print Screen features. It allows users to capture a screen shot, edit, and file it. This is a useful tool to capture file hierarchies in Windows Explorer.
Print File List Pro: Print File List Pro provides the ability to print a file directory within Windows Explorer. Windows Explorer does not offer a way to print or share file hierarchy structures.
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