Main menu - File - Multi rename...


After activating the main menu item "File → Multi rename..." or the shortcut "Ctrl+M" the "Multi rename" window is opened, where the items (files and/or folders) selected in the active panel can be renamed.

The split window "Multi rename" is subdivided as follows:

  • The upper part of the window contains a list of files and folders to be renamed.
  • The lower part of the window contains the tabs "Settings" and "Profiles".
  • The splitter (line between upper and lower part) - clicking the splitter fades in or fades out the lower part.



List of files and folders

The list of files and folders shows all files and folders to be renamed. On opening the windows it contains all files and folders selected in the active panel.

The menu items (and partly the icons) provide the following processing functions for the list of files and folders:

File

The following menu items of the rename main menu item "File" are provided as icons (buttons) and shortcuts additionally:

  • Open location in active panel (shortcut: Space)
    After activating this menu item (or this icon, or this shortcut), the item highlighted in the list of files and folders, is highlighted in the active panel and the FreeCommander main window comes to the foreground. The "Multi rename" window remains open in the background. If another folder is active in the active panel, the folder of the highlighted item (shown in the column "Location") is opened.
  • Open location in inactive panel (shortcut: Ctrl+Space)
    After activating this menu item (or this icon, or this shortcut), the item highlighted in the list of files and folders, is highlighted in the inactive panel and the FreeCommander main window comes to the foreground. The "Multi rename" window remains open in the background. If another folder is active in the inactive panel, the folder of the highlighted item (shown in the column "Location") is opened.
  • Remove from the list (shortcut: Ctrl+R)
    After activating this menu item (or this icon, or this shortcut), all items selected in the list of files and folders are removed from this list.
  • Lock for changes (shortcut: Ctrl+L)
    After activating this menu item (or this icon, or this shortcut), all items selected in the list of files and folders are locked for subsequent changes. The actual changes will be still carried out on clicking the "Rename" button. If no actual changes should be carried out, the item has to be removed from the list of files and folders with the function "File → Remove from the list". If the selected item is locked already, activating this function unlocks it.
  • Edit and lock (shortcut: Shift+Ctrl+L)
    After activating this menu item (or this icon, or this shortcut), a dialog is opened where the item highlighted in the list of files and folders can be renamed manually. After confirming the new name the item is lock for all actual and further renaming processes. The can be renamed only by activating this function again. This function can be undone with the menu item "Command → Undo".
  • View (shortcut: F3)
    After activating this menu item (or this icon, or this shortcut), the item highlighted in the list of files and folders, is opened in the "Viewer".
  • Quick view (shortcut: Ctrl+Q)
    After activating this menu item (or this icon, or this shortcut) the "Quick viewer panel" is opened/closed. It shows the highlighted item. It can be configured under the menu item "Tools → Settings → View → Viewer". If the "Multi rename" option "Quick viewer orientation - horizontal" is checked, the quick viewer panel is shown above the list of files and folders. If not, it is shown to the right of the list of files and folders.
  • Properties (shortcut: Alt+Enter)
    After activating this menu item (or this icon, or this shortcut), the Windows property window is shown for the item highlighted in the list of files and folders.
  • Close (shortcut: Esc)
    After activating this menu item (or this shortcut) the "Multi rename" window is closed without further actions.

Edit

The rename main menu item "Edit" offers the following menu items:

  • Select all (shortcut: Ctrl+A)
    After activating this menu item (or this shortcut) all items of the list of files and folders are selected.
    The selection influences the following menu items:
    • "File → Remove from the list"
    • "File → Lock for changes"
    • "File → Properties"
    • "Edit → Invert selection".

       Only the highlighted items is influenced by the functions "View (F3)" and "Quick view (Ctrl+Q)".

  • Invert selection (shortcut: * on the numeric key pad)
    After activating this menu item (or this shortcut) all items of the list of files and folders not yet selected, are selected. All selected items are unselected.

Command

The rename main menu item "Command" offers the following menu items:

  • Rename
    After activating this menu item (or the button "Rename" in the tab "Settings") all list items are renamed with the name in the column "New name".
  • Undo
    After activating this menu item a dialog is shown, asking "Undo the last rename action?" and showing a list of renamed items. After confirming with "Yes" all items, renamed during the last rename process, get back their old names. This command is active only, if a rename process was already started.
  • Reset current settings
    After activating this menu item (or the button "Reset" in the tab "Settings") all settings made under the tab "Settings" are reset to their initial values.
  • Clear history
    If the option "Save history" is checked, the entry history (per combo box in the tab "Settings") is saved until the command "Clear history" is activated.

Options

The rename main menu item "Options" offers the following menu items:

  • Save history
    Clicking this menu item activates/deactivates this option. If this option is checked, this menu item is preceded by and the entry history (per combo box in the tab "Settings") is saved until the command "Clear history" is activated.
  • Start options
    After clicking one of the following start options (menu items) the menu item is preceded by and is activated:
    • Start with empty settings
      If this option is checked, on opening the window "Multi rename" the standard settings are active in the tab "Settings". These settings would not cause the renaming of an item.
    • Start with last used settings
      If this option is checked, on opening the window "Multi rename" the settings of the tab "Settings" defined in the last call of the command "Rename" are active.
    • Open fist profile on start
      If this option is checked, on opening the window "Multi rename" the settings of the tab "Settings" defined in the topmost profile (of the tab "Profiles") are active.
  • Activate profiles combo box first

Clicking this menu item activates/deactivates this option. If this option is checked, this menu item is preceded by and on opening the window "Multi rename" the profiles combo box is active. That allows to select a profile (e.g. with the ↓ key) immediately.

  • Illegal characters

Clicking one of the following menu items activates/deactivates this option. If a menu item is activated, it is preceded by .

    • Replace illegal characters with "_"
      If this option is checked and the name of a renamed item would contain illegal characters, these illegal characters are replaced by underscores "_".
    • Cut illegal characters
      If this option is checked and the name of a renamed item would contain illegal characters, these illegal characters, are removed without replacing them.
  • Check names in target folder before rename
    Clicking this menu item activates/deactivates this option. If this option is checked, this menu item is preceded by and it is checked whether the names are legal, when:
    • the button "Preview" in the tab "Settings" is activated.
    • as soon as a setting is edited and the option "Auto preview" in the tab "Settings" is checked.

If a name contains illegal characters, its row is preceded by the error icon and a suitable failure message is provided in its column "New name".

  • Stay on top
    Clicking this menu item activates/deactivates this option. If this option is checked, this menu item is preceded by and the window "Multi rename" always stays on top.
  • Quick viewer orientation - horizontal

If this option is checked, the quick viewer panel is shown above the list of files and folders. If not, it is shown to the right of the list of files and folders.

Profile

The combo box "Profile" shows the active profiles name, if a profile is active. After clicking the combo box another profile can be selected. On switching the profile all actual settings (in the tab "Settings") are overwritten by the settings of the new profile. Profiles can be managed in the tab "Profiles".

Tab Settings

The settings in the tab "Settings" allow to define how the new names should be formed from the actual names.

File name and File extension

In the section "Pattern" new names and extensions for the items (files and folders) to be renamed can be formed.

After clicking the button in the fields "File name" or "File extension" an older content of the field can be selected from the field history, to replace the actual content (pattern). This is only possible, if the option "Save history" is checked and the command "Clear history" was not activated most recently. After clicking the button next to the field a wild card can be selected from a drop down menu and is inserted at the cursor position. Wild cards are always enclosed in square brackets "[ ]". On forming a new name all wild cards are evaluated and replaced by a string of characters. All other characters (not enclosed in square brackets) are placed in the name unchanged.

The following wild cards are supported:



Examples for wild cards:



The wild cards for "Summary info", "MP3" and "EXIF" also can be augmented with a number. Example: [exif_camera6] - is replaced by the first 6 characters of the camera name.

The wild card [c] numbers the items to be renamed according to the criteria defined under "Counter".

If a date is inserted via wild cards it is formed according to the criteria defined under "Timestamp format".

By now nearly any digital camera writes EXIF data to the beginning of image files. This information can be used on forming image file names via appropriate wild cards.

The combination of several wild cards allows to define complex rules for forming new names. (e.g. "[exif_camera][exif_cmodel][exif_taken,1,10]_[c]").

Case

After clicking the combo box "Case" and selecting an option, the case sensitivity of the forming of names can be defined. The following options are offered:


The option "Upper first letter following any of defined characters" allows to define all characters that should be followed by one upper case letter.

Keep current uppercase

If this option is checked, existing uppercases are kept. This option is active only if one of the following selection points are chosen:

- First letter of each word uppercase
- First letter of each word uppercase, extension lowercase
- Upper first letter following any of defined characters

Search and replace

"Search and replace" offers the possibility to further process the items in the list of files and folders.

  • Search for
    After clicking the button in the input field "Search for" an older content of the field can be selected from the field history, to replace the actual content. This is only possible, if the option "Save history" is checked and the command "Clear history" was not activated most recently.
  • Button
    After clicking the button a pop up menu is opened with tips on the use of wild cards in the "Search for" field.
    Example: To uppercase all vowels, "a|e|i|o|u" must be inserted in the "Search for" field and "A|E|I|O|U" in the "Replace with" field.
  • Replace with

After clicking the button in the input field "Replace with" an older content of the field can be selected from the field history, to replace the actual content. This is only possible, if the option "Save history" is checked and the command "Clear history" was not activated most recently.
After clicking the button next to the field a wild card can be selected from a drop down menu and is inserted at the cursor position. All wild cards described under "File name and file extension" can be selected.

  • Case sensitive
    If this option is checked, the search and replace process is case sensitive.
  • Replace all occurrences
    If this option is checked, the "Search for" string is always replaced, even if the name contains it several times.
    If this option is not checked, only the first occurrence of the "Search for" string in the file name is replaced.
  • Regular Expression
    If this option is checked, the "Search for" string will be interpreted as regular expression.
  • Exclude extension
    If this option is checked, "Search and replace" is only executed for the file name and not for the file extension.

Include only files of this type:

  • Input field "Include only files of this type"
    The content of the input field "Include only files of this type" allows to limit (filter) the number of items in the "list of files and folders". Wild cards and regular expressions are accepted in the input field.
  • Button
    After activating the button a pop up menu is opened with tips on the use of file types and regular expressions.
  • Button
    After activating the button a selection list is shown, with the last inputs (filters) in this field and the text "<RegExp>:" (to enter regular expressions). Clicking a row in this selection list overwrites the contents of the input field with the contents of the clicked row.
  • Button
    After activating the button a selection list with filters (defined under the menu item "Folder → Filter → Set filter") is shown. Selecting a filter overwrites the contents of the input field with "<Filter>:" + "contents of the filter".

With subfolder

If this option is checked, the "List of files and folders" also contains files and folders of subfolders, if folders are selected in the main window.

Only files

If this option is checked, the "List of files and folders" only contains files, no folders are contained.

Timestamp format

In the input field "Timestamp format" the format for timestamps inserted with the wild cards „[d]“, „[dc]“ or “[dm]“ (see table above) can be defined. Clicking the button opens a selection list with predefined timestamp formats.

Counter

Under "Counter" can be defined, according to what criteria the items to be renamed are numbered with the wild card "[c]". The following parameters are offered:

  • Start at
    Under "Start at" can be defined, with what number the wild card "[c]" is replaced on renaming the first item in the "List of files and folders".
  • Step by
    Under "Start at" can be defined, in what steps the counter „[c]“ is increased from item to item.
  • Digits
    Under "Digits" the number of digits of the counter can be defined.
    Example: The number 10 should be inserted. 4 digits are defined. Thus the wild card "[c]" is replaced with "0012".

Preview changes

Activating the button "Preview changes" forms the new names for all items of the "File and folder list" (that are not locked) according to the actual settings and shows them in the column "New name".

Auto preview

If this option is checked, the new names of all items of the "File and folder list" are formed and shown immediately after every change in the settings.

Rename

After activating this button (or the menu item "Command → Rename) all list items are renamed in the file system with the name in the column "New name". If the option "Close dialog after rename" is not checked, the button "Rename" is replaced with the button "Reload". Activating the button "Reload" reloads all items for further editing their names.

The last (mistakenly) renaming process can be undone for all renamed items with the menu item "Command → Undo". This is also possible if the window "Multi rename" has to be activated again (with any items).

Close dialog after rename

If this option is checked, the window "Multi rename" is closed after the rename process, if no error occurred during the process. If errors occur, they items that could not be renamed are preceded by the error icon in the "File and folder list" and and a suitable failure message is provided in the column "New name".

Reset

After activating the button "Reset" (or the menu item "Command → Reset current settings") all settings made under the tab "Settings" are reset to their initial values.

Cancel

After activating the button "Cancel" the "Multi rename" window is closed without further actions.

Tab Profiles

Under the tab "Profiles" rename profiles can be managed. In a profile all settings defined in the tab "Settings" are contained and saved.

Using profiles makes sense, if rename processes have to be repeated several times.



The list of profiles offers the following edit functions:

Add current settings as new profile (Shortcut: "Ins")

After activating the button or the shortcut "Ins" a new profile is inserted in the list of profiles, containing all actual settings (of the tab "Settings"). The new profile can be named in the column "Name" of the new row.

Rename profile (Shortcut: "F2")

After activating the button or the shortcut "F2" the highlighted profile can be rename in an input field shown over the column "Name".

Delete profile (Shortcut: "Del")

After activating the button or the shortcut "Del" the highlighted profile is deleted without dialog.

Move down (Shortcut: "Ctrl+↓")

After activating the button or the shortcut "Ctrl+↓" the highlighted profile is moved one row down. If the start option "Open first profile on start" is selected, on opening the window "Multi rename" the settings of the first profile are activated.

Move up (Shortcut: "Ctrl+↑")

After activating the button or the shortcut "Ctrl+↑" the highlighted profile is moved one row up.

Apply selected profile (Shortcut: "Enter")

After activating the button or the shortcut "Enter" the actual settings in the tab "Settings" are overwritten with the settings of the highlighted profile.