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Folder rename

Discussion in 'Windows 7' started by Stephen Wolstenholme, May 10, 2010.

  1. Stephen Wolstenholme

    Stephen Wolstenholme Flightless Bird

    I have a Windows 7 installation that contains a folder with a few
    hundred subfolders that need new names. All the folders have numeric
    prefixes but that need to changed to alpha. For example the ones like
    "123 rest of name" need to be changed to "CD rest of name". I can't
    find any method of renaming more than one folder at a time.

    Any ideas?

    Steve

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  2. Thip

    Thip Flightless Bird

    "Stephen Wolstenholme" <steve@tropheus.demon.co.uk> wrote in message
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    > I have a Windows 7 installation that contains a folder with a few
    > hundred subfolders that need new names. All the folders have numeric
    > prefixes but that need to changed to alpha. For example the ones like
    > "123 rest of name" need to be changed to "CD rest of name". I can't
    > find any method of renaming more than one folder at a time.
    >
    > Any ideas?
    >
    > Steve


    Bulk Rename Utility can delete, then add a prefix. I recently numbered over
    2000 .jpgs with it. If you have "12 rest of name" and "123 rest of name"
    you may have to do two operations--one to get rid of only "12" and another
    to delete "123."

    http://www.bulkrenameutility.co.uk/Main_Intro.php
     
  3. Gordon

    Gordon Flightless Bird

    "Stephen Wolstenholme" <steve@tropheus.demon.co.uk> wrote in message
    news:crbgu5d2170r2laqref93b9edugn01sj74@4ax.com...
    > I have a Windows 7 installation that contains a folder with a few
    > hundred subfolders that need new names. All the folders have numeric
    > prefixes but that need to changed to alpha. For example the ones like
    > "123 rest of name" need to be changed to "CD rest of name". I can't
    > find any method of renaming more than one folder at a time.
    >


    ren 123*.txt CD*.txt (or whatever the file extension is)
     
  4. SC Tom

    SC Tom Flightless Bird

    "Stephen Wolstenholme" <steve@tropheus.demon.co.uk> wrote in message
    news:crbgu5d2170r2laqref93b9edugn01sj74@4ax.com...
    >I have a Windows 7 installation that contains a folder with a few
    > hundred subfolders that need new names. All the folders have numeric
    > prefixes but that need to changed to alpha. For example the ones like
    > "123 rest of name" need to be changed to "CD rest of name". I can't
    > find any method of renaming more than one folder at a time.
    >
    > Any ideas?
    >
    > Steve
    >
    > --
    > Neural Planner Software Ltd www.NPSL1.com
    > EasyNN-plus. Neural Networks plus. www.easynn.com
    > SwingNN. Forecast with Neural Networks. www.swingnn.com
    > JustNN. Just Neural Networks. www.justnn.com


    Are the folder names after the numbers all the same, as in 123test, 234test,
    etc? If so, you're going to run into trouble having a bunch of same name
    folder. If everything is different, I think you're going to have a real
    problem finding something that will select all for renaming.
    If there are the same number of numbers before the "rest of name" and the
    "rest of names" are all different, you can open a command prompt in that
    folder and use

    ren ???* CD*

    The result will be CDrestofname1, CDrestofname2, etc.
    Make sure there are no files in that main folder or they'll be renamed also.
    --
    SC Tom
     
  5. Gordon

    Gordon Flightless Bird

    "Gordon" <gordonbparker@yahoo.com> wrote in message
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    >
    > "Stephen Wolstenholme" <steve@tropheus.demon.co.uk> wrote in message
    > news:crbgu5d2170r2laqref93b9edugn01sj74@4ax.com...
    >> I have a Windows 7 installation that contains a folder with a few
    >> hundred subfolders that need new names. All the folders have numeric
    >> prefixes but that need to changed to alpha. For example the ones like
    >> "123 rest of name" need to be changed to "CD rest of name". I can't
    >> find any method of renaming more than one folder at a time.
    >>

    >
    > ren 123*.txt CD*.txt (or whatever the file extension is)


    Sorry, didn't see "folder" - I thought you were talking about files....
     
  6. Stephen Wolstenholme

    Stephen Wolstenholme Flightless Bird

    On Mon, 10 May 2010 19:55:17 -0400, "SC Tom" <sc@tom.net> wrote:

    >
    >"Stephen Wolstenholme" <steve@tropheus.demon.co.uk> wrote in message
    >news:crbgu5d2170r2laqref93b9edugn01sj74@4ax.com...
    >>I have a Windows 7 installation that contains a folder with a few
    >> hundred subfolders that need new names. All the folders have numeric
    >> prefixes but that need to changed to alpha. For example the ones like
    >> "123 rest of name" need to be changed to "CD rest of name". I can't
    >> find any method of renaming more than one folder at a time.
    >>

    >
    >
    >Are the folder names after the numbers all the same, as in 123test, 234test,
    >etc?


    There are many different folder names starting with same number and
    many different numerical prefixes. There are about 20 different
    numbers and 20 different names making about 400 folders in all.

    "Bulk Rename Utility" from http://www.bulkrenameutility.co.uk does
    what I need and that is what I have now used.

    I expected multiple folder renaming to be possible in Windows 7
    without any additional software but it seems not!

    Steve

    --
    Neural Planner Software Ltd www.NPSL1.com
    EasyNN-plus. Neural Networks plus. www.easynn.com
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    JustNN. Just Neural Networks. www.justnn.com
     
  7. SC Tom

    SC Tom Flightless Bird

    "Stephen Wolstenholme" <steve@tropheus.demon.co.uk> wrote in message
    news:g89iu5dil4iq0crrhotbmfrdog26j2n7jb@4ax.com...
    > On Mon, 10 May 2010 19:55:17 -0400, "SC Tom" <sc@tom.net> wrote:
    >
    >>
    >>"Stephen Wolstenholme" <steve@tropheus.demon.co.uk> wrote in message
    >>news:crbgu5d2170r2laqref93b9edugn01sj74@4ax.com...
    >>>I have a Windows 7 installation that contains a folder with a few
    >>> hundred subfolders that need new names. All the folders have numeric
    >>> prefixes but that need to changed to alpha. For example the ones like
    >>> "123 rest of name" need to be changed to "CD rest of name". I can't
    >>> find any method of renaming more than one folder at a time.
    >>>

    >>
    >>
    >>Are the folder names after the numbers all the same, as in 123test,
    >>234test,
    >>etc?

    >
    > There are many different folder names starting with same number and
    > many different numerical prefixes. There are about 20 different
    > numbers and 20 different names making about 400 folders in all.
    >
    > "Bulk Rename Utility" from http://www.bulkrenameutility.co.uk does
    > what I need and that is what I have now used.
    >
    > I expected multiple folder renaming to be possible in Windows 7
    > without any additional software but it seems not!
    >
    > Steve
    >
    > --
    > Neural Planner Software Ltd www.NPSL1.com
    > EasyNN-plus. Neural Networks plus. www.easynn.com
    > SwingNN. Forecast with Neural Networks. www.swingnn.com
    > JustNN. Just Neural Networks. www.justnn.com


    Glad you found a solution!
    I don't think any version of Windows had a utility for this, so I wouldn't
    expect 7 to have it either. Probably not something that's done often enough
    to warrant any programming time.
    --
    SC Tom
     
  8. Thip

    Thip Flightless Bird

    "Stephen Wolstenholme" <steve@tropheus.demon.co.uk> wrote in message
    news:g89iu5dil4iq0crrhotbmfrdog26j2n7jb@4ax.com...
    > On Mon, 10 May 2010 19:55:17 -0400, "SC Tom" <sc@tom.net> wrote:


    > "Bulk Rename Utility" from http://www.bulkrenameutility.co.uk does
    > what I need and that is what I have now used.
    >


    I'm glad it worked for you. The interface is a little clunky but it's
    always done the trick for me.
     

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