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Change a Section within many file names?

Q: Change a Section within many file names?


We have about 2,000 files consisting of Word and Adobe documents Saved As 'AO blah blah blah.doc' (the character O) when they should have been Saved As 'A0 blah blah blah.doc' (the number zero).

Is there a way to do a mass Find and Replace on part of a file name?


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A:Can't change file names

I use and recommend this software here:

Mp3tag - the universal Tag Editor (ID3v2, MP4, OGG, FLAC, ...)

It will make it very easy to change the tags of each song.
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You change the name of a file to the left of the dot only.

dog.jpg can be changed to anything.jpg.

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The filenames with the tilde are known as "short filenames." It looks like the file system type for the disc has gotten changed to ISO without the long filename support. Try imgburn freeware. In the file type settings it has check boxes for long filenames, directory depth etc..
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Not possible using the settings in Windows, and I have not seen any third party program that will do this for you.
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A:how to change names?

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Something like this ...
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Sub ProperConversion()
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Dim currVal, lowerVal, upperVal
Set r = Selection
For Each c In r
If Not c.HasFormula Then
lowerVal = StrConv(c.Value, vbLowerCase)
upperVal = StrConv(c.Value, vbUpperCase)
If c.Value = lowerVal Then
c.Value = StrConv(c.Value, vbUpperCase)
ElseIf c.Value = upperVal Then
c.Value = StrConv(c.Value, vbProperCase)
c.Value = StrConv(c.Value, vbLowerCase)
End If
End If
End Sub
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Quote: Originally Posted by oldfogey

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Usually such programs have a browse button ... through which you are to navigate to the file which is sought to be converted . Browse to the location , select the flv, the filename will be automatically taken .

For some better help, provide the download link here , so that we may try the program and guide you the steps with screenshots .
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A:Search file names only

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A:Strange file names

This may be a corrupted $MFT

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