Folder rename

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Stephen Wolstenholme

I have a Windows 7 installation that contains a folder with a few
hundred subfolders that need new names. All the folders have numeric
prefixes but that need to changed to alpha. For example the ones like
"123 rest of name" need to be changed to "CD rest of name". I can't
find any method of renaming more than one folder at a time.

Any ideas?

Steve
 
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Thip

Stephen Wolstenholme said:
I have a Windows 7 installation that contains a folder with a few
hundred subfolders that need new names. All the folders have numeric
prefixes but that need to changed to alpha. For example the ones like
"123 rest of name" need to be changed to "CD rest of name". I can't
find any method of renaming more than one folder at a time.

Any ideas?

Steve
Bulk Rename Utility can delete, then add a prefix. I recently numbered over
2000 .jpgs with it. If you have "12 rest of name" and "123 rest of name"
you may have to do two operations--one to get rid of only "12" and another
to delete "123."

http://www.bulkrenameutility.co.uk/Main_Intro.php
 
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Gordon

Stephen Wolstenholme said:
I have a Windows 7 installation that contains a folder with a few
hundred subfolders that need new names. All the folders have numeric
prefixes but that need to changed to alpha. For example the ones like
"123 rest of name" need to be changed to "CD rest of name". I can't
find any method of renaming more than one folder at a time.
ren 123*.txt CD*.txt (or whatever the file extension is)
 
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SC Tom

Stephen Wolstenholme said:
I have a Windows 7 installation that contains a folder with a few
hundred subfolders that need new names. All the folders have numeric
prefixes but that need to changed to alpha. For example the ones like
"123 rest of name" need to be changed to "CD rest of name". I can't
find any method of renaming more than one folder at a time.

Any ideas?

Steve

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Are the folder names after the numbers all the same, as in 123test, 234test,
etc? If so, you're going to run into trouble having a bunch of same name
folder. If everything is different, I think you're going to have a real
problem finding something that will select all for renaming.
If there are the same number of numbers before the "rest of name" and the
"rest of names" are all different, you can open a command prompt in that
folder and use

ren ???* CD*

The result will be CDrestofname1, CDrestofname2, etc.
Make sure there are no files in that main folder or they'll be renamed also.
 
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Gordon

Gordon said:
ren 123*.txt CD*.txt (or whatever the file extension is)
Sorry, didn't see "folder" - I thought you were talking about files....
 
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Stephen Wolstenholme

Are the folder names after the numbers all the same, as in 123test, 234test,
etc?
There are many different folder names starting with same number and
many different numerical prefixes. There are about 20 different
numbers and 20 different names making about 400 folders in all.

"Bulk Rename Utility" from http://www.bulkrenameutility.co.uk does
what I need and that is what I have now used.

I expected multiple folder renaming to be possible in Windows 7
without any additional software but it seems not!

Steve
 
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SC Tom

Stephen Wolstenholme said:
There are many different folder names starting with same number and
many different numerical prefixes. There are about 20 different
numbers and 20 different names making about 400 folders in all.

"Bulk Rename Utility" from http://www.bulkrenameutility.co.uk does
what I need and that is what I have now used.

I expected multiple folder renaming to be possible in Windows 7
without any additional software but it seems not!

Steve

--
Neural Planner Software Ltd www.NPSL1.com
EasyNN-plus. Neural Networks plus. www.easynn.com
SwingNN. Forecast with Neural Networks. www.swingnn.com
JustNN. Just Neural Networks. www.justnn.com
Glad you found a solution!
I don't think any version of Windows had a utility for this, so I wouldn't
expect 7 to have it either. Probably not something that's done often enough
to warrant any programming time.
 
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