How To Rename Multiple Files At Once On Mac

How To Rename Multiple Files At Once On Mac

Apart from being extremely reliable and hi-tech Mac computers are popular for executing group tasks that relieves you from unnecessary labor of making changes one-by-one.  If you’ve tried renaming a batch of files or applying changes to them, you know the pain you might have to go through.

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Before Yosemite, there was no in-built feature in Mac systems that allowed this function. Therefore this task was only achievable by installing third-party programs. But this is not a problem anymore with latest versions of the Mac OS. Hence today, we’re going to elaborate how to rename multiple files at once on Mac:

  1. Go to Finder.
  2. Browse to files, which you want to rename at once.
  3. Select the files by using ‘Shift’ key with mouse/touchpad click.
  4. Hit the Action button (Gear icon) located at the top of Finder. You can also perform the actions by doing a right click or with a combination of ‘Control’ key + Click.
  5. Select the option that says ‘Rename (n number) Items…

Rename temp fles6. Go to the drop-down list and select ‘Format’ on the ‘Rename Finder Items’ dialogue box.

7. You can choose a Name format of your choice for the style of format you wish for your files. The options available for you are Name and Index, Name and Counter, or Name and Date.

8. Enter a desired name for all your files in Custom Format field.

9. Put a starting number against the Starting number at field.

Rename finder items

10. Once done, click on Rename.

11. Your files will have been changed to your desired names with your desired starting number.

Now that your files have been renamed, you can easily identify them among the heap of data you’ve got in your machine. However, what if you’ve made a mistake while renaming? Or want to add a text to your recently renamed files! Well, with no doubt you can get it done on Mac by following below steps:

  1. Go to Finder.
  2. Browse to files, which you want to rename all together.
  3. Select the files by using ‘Shift’ key with mouse/touchpad click.
  4. Hit the Action button (Gear icon) located at the top of Finder. You can also perform the actions by doing a right click or with a combination of ‘Control’ key + Click.
  5. Select the option that says ‘Rename (n number) Items…
  6. Select Add Text from the provided drop-down list over dialogue box.

Add text7. Enter the text you wish to add.

8. Select the location of the word to be place, whether you want it before or after the current name.

9. Hit Rename.

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Overall, renaming multiple files at once on Mac and adding text to them is a no brainer. With a few clicks and keystrokes you can rename an entire group of files without being frustrated at doing it manually one by one. Needless to say, featuring batch tasking in Mac, is one of the best features one can expect from a manufacture.

Rishi Sharma

Rishi Sharma is a technical writer at Systweak Software. Being a software developer, he inclines to write about modern technology and progressive security for computers. One staunch admirer of Cricket, Rishi is also an active social worker and a gourmand.

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