Software recommendation: super free file renaming tool

Windows 10’s File Explorer also features batch file renaming, but since it cannot meet the diverse needs of people for batch file naming, they often need to resort to third-party software to solve the problem. Among many file batch renaming tools, Rename Us Free Edition is a product that is known for its simple tabbed wizard-like operation and comprehensive features.

First, we need to download and install the free version of Rename Us (download at: Then start the software and locate the folder you want to work with in the left pane navigation bar of the “Select files” tab. After selecting a folder, a list of files will appear in the right pane. The default window is too small to reveal only two or three files, so drag the “……” icon in the middle of the window to expand the list. Check “Include subdirectories” to process files in subfolders together, and check “Include read-only files” to Include read-only files. After selecting a file, click the single arrow icon under the list to add the file to the renaming pane below; if you click the double arrow icon, all files in the current directory will be added (Figure 1).


Next, click the “Specify renaming action (rules)” tab to set the action or rules for file renaming. First, select the action in the Main aciton column, Copy means to form a copy based on the original file, while Move (Rename) means to rename directly on the original file. Click Rules for file names drop-down list to select naming rules for file names; click Rules for file Extensions drop-down list to select naming rules for file extensions. You can choose to define user-specified names, change the case, change the first letter to upper case, add (or remove) specific prefixes or suffixes, specify user-defined rules, etc. (Figure 2). Among them, the user Custom rule (custom rule) can use wildcards, regular expressions and other advanced features.


Then click on the “Choose execution parameters” tab to select some execution parameters. Under Target location, specify the location of the target folder, under Existing files, select the rules for handling duplicate files, and under Excution log, specify the name and type of the renaming log file to record the renaming process (Figure 3).


Once all the rules have been created, click on the “Preview” tab and then click on the Execute button to preview them. If the preview does not work well or is incorrect, you can go back to the previous steps and redefine it. If the preview is satisfactory, you can finally click the Execute button under the “Execute” tab to perform the batch file naming operation (Figure 4).



There is also an Undo button under the “Execute” tab, which is used to reverse the file renaming operation after it has been performed. However, this is limited to the current process and will not work after closing.

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