A little over a month ago we told how, after announcing Microsoft in Build 2019 the return of the PowerToys myths, finally return to the system, after having been Very practical utilities in the Windows 95 era.
Microsoft release the source code and some PowerToys like FancyZones and Shorcut Guide. The first serves to organize windows better and more productively, while the second adds a quick and direct way to see what keyboard shortcuts are available. Now, Microsoft has released another update, which brings changes that are appreciated for what they add to Windows.
One of the new programs is PowerRename, with which we can rename files and folders at once. To enjoy all this, you have to install version 0.12.0 of the PowerToys, which the Redmond company has published on GitHub with the installer 'PowerToysSetup.msi'.
Renaming files is easier than ever
Renaming files in batches has always been possible in Windows from the console or through multiple applications that exist for that purpose, but Microsoft had never provided any native functionality. PowerRename is not native, but it is integrated in a way that we can consider as such.
How does it work? In a very simple way. After installing the downloaded file, and when selecting files in any folder or directory and right clicking, an option called 'PowerRename' will appear in the context menu, which when pressed open a window where we can choose different text replacement options.
PowerRename does not bring anything that we have not seen before in this type of tools. First show a box in which ewrite what you want to replace, under the name of 'Search For', and another with the content with which we want to replace, under the name 'Replace With'. Thus, if among our files is the word 'Genbeta' and we want to replace with 'GenbetaWebedia', we will have to write in the first box 'Genbeta', something that we will replace with 'GenbetaWebedia' by writing this last in the second box.
Of course, The tool allows you to set exceptions, such as excluding files, folders, subfolders, as well as touching only the name of the files, or only the extension. As we see in the GIF of Microsoft itself, the process is very fast, so unless you require renaming with more advanced options, PowerRename seems the option to recommend.
Microsoft launches PowerRename, a handy utility to rename files and folders in batch in Windows 10