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Solved: Renaming all files in a Directory

Q: Solved: Renaming all files in a Directory

I know how to change each file name individually but I was wondering if there was a way to cycle through the directory and change the file name. I have about 40 files, that I re-use on a weekly basis, and the naming convention they use is 1111_Name_Date.xls, I tried using the Right Function and taking the Right, 4, but the bad part is sometimes it is more than just 4 Leading characters. The only thing I want changed is the Date on the end. I want it to remove the old date, and add today's date. Is this possible?

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I have xp home installed.
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A:[SOLVED] [batch file] renaming files need help

is it just me or there is no Edit button? anyway,

I just found this, which could be extremely useful
Rename Files to Match Date/Time Stamp |

In their example, they compiled the following

FOR %%V IN (%1) DO FOR /F "tokens=1-5 delims=/: " %%J IN ("%%~tV") DO IF EXIST %%L%%J%%K_%%M%%N%%~xV (ECHO Cannot rename %%V) ELSE (Rename "%%V" %%L%%J%%K_%%M%%N%%~xV)
with some rearrangement (if i got it right)

FOR %%V IN (%1) DO (
FOR /F "tokens=1-5 delims=/: " %%J IN ("%%~tV") DO (
IF EXIST %%L%%J%%K_%%M%%N%%~xV (
ECHO Cannot rename %%V
) ELSE (
Rename "%%V" %%L%%J%%K_%%M%%N%%~xV
The code in the example above did no work right out of the box, so I used some of it, combined with what I had earlier and made the following. This one do not generate random numbers.


FOR /F "tokens=*" %%A IN ('DIR /A:-D /B') DO (
IF NOT %%A==%~nx0 (
FOR /F "tokens=1-5 delims=/: " %%J IN ("%%~tV") DO (
RENAME "%%A" %%L%%J%%K_%%M%%N%%~xV
but it did not work, and in return,

A duplicate file name exists, or the file
cannot be found.
A duplicate file name exists, or the file
cannot be found.
Press any key to continue . . .
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Thanks in advance for your help.

A:[SOLVED] Windows 7-renaming groups of jpg files with date format 2010.11.09

At a guess - it is interpreting the last part of the date format (eg .08) as a file extension. However when you go to rename just one it ignores the extension.

Go to Start -> type Folder Options press enter -> go to View tab -> scroll down and untick the box beside "Hide extensions for known file types"

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A:[SOLVED] Command Line: List files and folders in a directory?

Hello Bill!

So you don't want to recurse, or you do?

Will dir E:\ do the trick, or not, and why? You could then pipe it dir E:\ > %userprofile%\Desktop\test.txt

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A:Solved: C# WPF - Export Text files and increment every nTH file to new directory

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A:Renaming files

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A:Renaming Files

Quote: Originally Posted by AlexRD

Ok, so there are two options: You can either make windows show file extensions like file.exe, or you can have it hide known extensions, like file . What bothers me, is why isn't there an option that hides everything but click to rename it, the extension shows up?

Is this possible?


Alex, I don't believe that I have ever seen that. I firmly believe that the default should be to show file extensions instead of hide them. Big mistake and a great opening for the virus and trojan creators..

Just my opinion..

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A:renaming files

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A:renaming files in XP

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A:Renaming files

If this is a common thing for you, might I suggest a completely different approach.
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A:renaming files

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A:Naming/Renaming files.

double click or goto My Computer (AKA enter windows Explorer.)

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You can try doing it from a command prompt. If the file names are very long (>255), then you masy have better luck using the "command" console rather than the "cmd" one. Rename the files first with old 8.3 DOS names and then rename them from within Windows.

Start by going to Start > Run, and typing:
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I always use a renaming utility like this one cause Windows 7 won't do that with it's native renaming utility:

Introduction - Bulk Rename Utility
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A:Stop WMP 11 From Renaming My Files

patetc said:

I want to update my music files with album info and art but everytime I do this, WMP also renames my files. I have them the way I like and do not want them renamed in any way.

Under Retrieve Information frm the Internet I have checked "only add missing information". Is this all I need to make sure the files don't get changed?

PatClick to expand...

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Hello and welcome to TSF

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A:Renaming Files - any way to include the extension

Originally Posted by MarkAgnum

This is probably small to most people and maybe many prefer it now, but when manually renaming a file the extension is not highlighted forcing me to have to perform a second manual operation to highlight the whole filename.

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Thank You,
Mark Agnum

Hi Mark,

Youe need to have the show file extions in the Folder Options checked to see the extensions.

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A:Copying and renaming files with special characters using .bat

Seems putting a forward slash in file name is wrong approach. Number one, its not a legal character in a windows file name. The forward slash also looks like the division slash, its likely to screw up things on other platforms as well. I recommend a dash.
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I do not want to start a new thread hence I am dropping my comments here.

My Windows explorer was preventing me from renaming and deleting files and it was quite a pain until I discovered this thread: Windows Explorer hangs when deleting or renaming files

Problem solved!

p/s: I joined this forum just to say thanks, very much appreciated help!
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Hmmm. I don't use WMP, but try this.
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A:Renaming and deleting folders and files problem

Quote: Originally Posted by antoniomc

Hi there

What i describe below doesn't always happen but it does lots of times:
let's say I delete a folder.... it will tell me that access is denied, a program is using it.... to solve that, I have to open another folder, or click on an image, then go back to the folder I want to delete, and delete it. That's annoying.

Annoyance #2: Renaming (this is all over the network) here's what I do:

1. Open randomly named folder to check content.
2. Go back up one folder level to rename the folder according to content.
3. ERROR!!! Folder is in use by another program (not specified), please try again
4. Try opening another folder and then going back again to rename originally wanted folder... sometimes it works.
5. Wait 5-10 minutes before renaming.

Okay... no wait!! I just tried to rename a folder without even going into the folder....ERROR!! "The action can't be completed because the folder or a file in it is open in another program. Close the folder or file and try again."

That's very very annoying
W7 ultimate x64
Thanks in advance.

Hi AntonioMC! Welcome to SevenForums! Have you got any back-up software running (e.g. Acronis True Image,Norton Ghost etc.)? As this may be using the files.

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I have a similar problem, see other thread with same title.
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A:C:\Program Files\Common Files\microsoft shared\ink corrupted file directory

Hi tonedef -

Welcome to the Tech Support Forum - Vista Support!

What version of Office are you trying to install (e.g, 2003 or 2007)?

Have you changed any file permission settings or "Taken Ownership" of any folders/files?

The "scan disk" that you mentioned running... was it "sfc /scannow"? If not, click on START | type cmd.exe in the Start Search box | right-click on cmd.exe | select Run as Admin

In the screen that comes up type the following:

sfc /scannow (space after sfc) - press ENTER

Let this run. Try Office re-install.

Good Luck. . .

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A:error occurred with attempting to create directory C:\Program Files\Common Files

You are mostly likley on a limited account.
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I joined the forum to bring up the same complaint.

I 'upgraded' last week, from Win 7 HP sp1(different laptop) and from win 8 to 8.1 (this laptop via Windows Store).

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