Working with a lot of files can give you a lot of stress. Renaming all of them one by one, just to change a word is a headache. So, if you are someone who is a writer or a photographer you would know the pain of this annoying problem.
Though Windows lets you rename all the files. You just have to select all the files and press F2 key. But it will only add a numerical value to the files.
So, if you want to change some words from all the files it would take you ages to finish that. You should have more control over the files when you rename them in a batch.
Maybe you want to add some words at the beginning or at the end or even remove some characters out. And for that, you have to take the help of the renamers. Renamers have all the controls over your files and will let you manipulate them as necessary.
So, you need to get your hands over the best renamers there is! And that’s why I’ve come up with the best 5 file renamers for Windows 10 to make things easier for you.
1. PowerRename by PowerToys
PowerToys from Microsoft is a package of many productivity tools. One of its tools is PowerRename. As its name suggests, it is a powerful file renaming tool that helps you in bulk renaming multiple files. It comes with a lot of customization options, such as the ability to undo the changes you have made.
After selecting some files in Windows File Explorer, right-clicking and selecting PowerRename (which will appear only when enabled in PowerToys), the PowerRename menu will appear. The number of items (files) you’ve chosen will be displayed, along with search and replace values, a list of options, and a preview window displaying the results of the search and replace values you’ve entered.
- Modify the file names of a large number of files (without renaming all of the files the same name).
- Perform a search and replace on a targeted section of file names.
- Perform a regular expression rename on multiple files.
- Check expected rename results in a preview window before finalizing a bulk rename.
- Undo a rename operation after it is completed.
- The overall app is still in development phase.
2. Bulk Rename Utility
It’s one of the best renaming tools you will find out there. In fact, this one is my favorites, and I always use this to rename files. Well, the interface might seem a bit complicated for the first-timers. But once you get the hang of it it’s easy as a bun.
The tool is full of features, and you will find almost all of your needed criterions here. No matter what way you want to rename your files, it will get that done.
Some of the best features are removing, adding or changing the text in the file names, appending or prepending text to filenames. You can even remove characters, words, digits or symbols and change extensions.
Also, you can move or copy files. It supports all the regular expressions. But the best part is that it takes only a minute or two to do all those. It’s fast and lightweight.
You have the option of either install or use the portable version. The installable version will just give an extra option of right-click menu for making things faster. Besides this one, both versions are the same.
- You can rename files quicker than ever, with flexible options.
- Have so many options for renaming such as adding, replacing, inserting text into file names. Converting case, adding numbers. Removing or changing file extensions.
- You check the detailed preview before changing the name.
- Can rename photos using EXIF Meta data.
- You can rename MP3 files using ID3 tags.
- Can even change the creation time or modification time of the files.
- The installation is easy and takes a minute or two.
- Cluttered interface.
- No ID3 v2 support.
3. Advanced Renamer
This one is another awesome renaming tool on the market. It’s free and has about fourteen different renaming features. The features would cover all the basics, so you don’t have to worry about renaming.
The interface is not that user-friendly, but it’s better than Bulk Rename Utility. Once you get the hang of it would be easy for you.
It has some of the best features of renaming such as remove selected parts of the file name, renaming with tags, changing file attributes and time stamp, renumbering, and custom batch scripts.
On the other hand, you can even rename files with just retrieved data from target files like GPS information, TV show air date from downloaded videos, and much more. That’s cool, right?
You can even use custom batch scripting to create all kinds of different ways to help you rename files faster.
- It’s a great tool for both professionals and beginners.
- Thumbnail mode will let you display thumbnails directly giving you more control over the files.
- You can even add the name and country from the GPS data of your image files. They have coordinate data to help locate the city.
- You can quickly sort out any kind of messed up MP3 file name with the support of the built-in ID3 function. This way you can find the name out in no time.
- Can add various information on the Video file’s name.
- Add resolution to video files with the help of the video tags.
- Supports only a handful of EXIF and ID3 tags
PFrank is the next on the list. It has several advanced features like most of the renaming tools such as rename files according to tags, modifying file properties and time stamps, a grouping of renaming criteria, and much more.
And it will also support any regular expressions needed for complicated tasks. It has some pre-configured expressions which will help things to escalate fast. You can even tweak them and make them as you need.
Though it’s an advanced renaming tool, the interface is quite straightforward and clean. So, it could be the one if you think the simple interface is what you are looking.
It has some limited feature capabilities than the Bulk Rename Utility, but it will get the job done. But if you are using this for a professional purpose I would recommend using other tools from this list instead of this one.
- Unicode Support.
- You can open files before renaming.
- Display picture files in a resizable thumbnail before renaming.
- Automatic saving of all current settings.
- All settings can also be saved or loaded to an unlimited number of files.
- You can use as a Regular Expression previewer.
- Quickly set up to run on portable devices like flash drives.
- Includes keyboard navigation and many shortcut keys
- Easy to Install
- Lacks quite advanced features of reaming utilities.
Siren is one of the most powerful tools among the renamers. If you are a heavy user, then Siren would help you escalate things even more. But you need to learn how to use it before getting started with it.
It has a library of pre-defined tags, so you can choose the one that you want and use it. It will make things easier for you. Oh, and you don’t have to install it, you can just download the zip file and start using it.
It is full of advanced features along with the basic ones. You can use Siren to rename your files according to their properties. It also supports command-line interface, if that’s what you desire.
Though it has many pre-defined tags, modes or expressions, you would still need time to adjust with the app. But moreover, the advanced feature will help you removing, adding or changing a text in the file names, appending or prepending text to filenames.
- Help you to write, keep and reuse expressions.
- Move and copy files.
- You can work on a complete directory tree.
- Unlimited Undo & Redo.
- Main and thumbnail image visualization.
- Usable from the command line.
- Needs time to get familiarized with the tool.
Bonus: Wild Rename
Wild Rename is the bonus one on the list. It will help you rename files one by one or in batches. Some pre-defined tags will help you change the names faster.
The best thing about this one that I liked was that you could convert filenames to upper case, lower case or normalize case. It can also add or remove strings of characters from the files names, or even replace with the one you want.
You can also add text counters to a series of files. It’s usually really popular among most of the beginners for the interface. The interface is straightforward to deal. So, you won’t have any problem using the features.
- Convert filenames to lower/upper case or normalize case.
- Add or remove strings of characters from filenames.
- Simple replacement of strings or powerful regular expressions for replacing file names.
- Free of cost, beginner’s tool.
- Not so suitable for professional levels.
- Have essential features with few advanced ones.
All these tools are to rename multiple computer files and folders in an automated way. It is an excellent way to save up the time it kills you to rename the files one by one. The list of best 6 has all types of tools from beginners’ to professionals.
So, you can choose what best suits you. Though, I would recommend Bulk Rename Utility for professionals and Wild Rename for beginners. But that doesn’t mean that beginners’ can’t use professional tools.
But after learning how to do it using the beginners’ tool you can switch to the more professional ones!
Hasib is a born geek and loves tweaking his computer and gadgets for effectiveness and productivity. At WindowsChimp, he specializes in writing Tutorial guides and discovering new hacks to share.