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Author Topic: App to batch rename to specific name?  (Read 2919 times)


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App to batch rename to specific name?
« on: March 16, 2010, 11:32 AM »
I don't know if 'batch' is the right word for this situation

I know there are a huge amount of batch renamers out there, but they're mostly built to rename based on specific rules and wildcards.

I'm looking for something that could rename a specific file to a different specific name at a later date

This would be useful when a program has locked several files from being changed or renamed and you don't want to keep closing the program to free it.

Eg if I have the files:

I'd like to be able to build a list like:

Old NameRename

Then later that day when I hit a "Run" button, the renaming takes place.

Are there any batch renamers that already have this function?


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Re: App to batch rename to specific name?
« Reply #1 on: March 16, 2010, 01:39 PM »
You can write a DOS BAT (batch) file to do that, with DOS command lines.

If the file names are always the same ones, then something as simple as:

rename C:\ddsaadsv   C:\anyfilename
rename C:\sadfewss   C:\anotherfilename
rename C:\adfdsvvd   C:\adifferentfilename

(just copy and paste in Notepad, and save as a BAT file - e.g.: MYFILE.BAT. Double-click to run).

If you want to go further in complexity, learn more about BAT files at



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Re: App to batch rename to specific name?
« Reply #2 on: March 16, 2010, 04:09 PM »
A vast array of batch file enhancers exists, including small programs that check the time/date so you could make the batch file run when you wanted.  You'd have to check to make sure they ran on recent versions of Windows.  Take a look at these two pages from the Free Software for DOS Web site:
And on no account overlook Horst Schaeffer's Batch tools page.