The modern form of PowerToys evolves in a pretty good pace, and also the newest release has a new tool that makes it very easy to perform a batch rename.
Contained in PowerToys 0.12, the new utility is known as PowerRename, and it comes with a super-straightforward interface which makes the whole process a significant breeze.
While I’m not using batch file renamers on a regular basis simply because I don’t need them, I actually do turn to such tools every now and then, after a quick review, I honestly don’t think I want more than what’s included in PowerRename. And this implies that the majority of users ought to be all right with the basic feature lineup available here, albeit I actually do expect PowerRename itself to improve even further in the coming updates.
Because it’s a PowerToys module, PowerRename is integrated at system level, so to initiate a load renaming you just need to right-click the files that you would like to rename and click on “PowerRename.”
This really is one of the drawbacks actually. Because there’s no other method to launch PowerRename, you can’t use files from multiple locations on your local drives, meaning you first need to group all files that you would like to rename in just one place.
Once the PowerRename UI fires up, it’s all a pretty friendly approach.
First and foremost, the app requires you to definitely supply the text that you would like to look for within the names of the selected files and also the text that you would like to replace it all with. The best thing about this complete thing is the fact that PowerRename comes with a live preview panel in the lower part of the screen, so that you can begin to see the new names from the files while you key in these boxes.
There aren’t a lot of options contained in PowerRename, but the ones you receive ensure an even basic rename process.
First of all, the app allows you to use regular expressions and respect case sensitive names. You can also match all occurrences and exclusive a number of items, including files, folders, and subfolder items.
The only three options left allow PowerRename to enumerate items, meaning the app adds a number at the end of each file that it processes, and configure it to apply the alterations either to the name or tot the extensions.
And then, the only thing that you’re required to do next is press the rename button at the end of the screen.
The renaming process itself doesn’t take more than just a couple of seconds, but the time increases while you increase the files. However, PowerRename appears to be a significant snappy application, as well as in the majority of my tests, everything completed rather fast – in once instance, however, the app crashed but worked correctly once i relaunched it.
As you can see for yourselves, PowerRename does don’t have the more advanced capabilities that you can find in some third-party batch renaming apps available, but for the most basic operations, it should serve its purpose just well.
What I like the most about this is the context menu integration, although as I said earlier, this can be a double-edged sword plus some could find the lack of an option to pick files from multiple locations a deal-breaker.
Since this is only the initial form of the batch renaming tool, I expect it to improve the upcoming updates for PowerToys. It’s understandable the app is just available on Windows 10 and can be used totally free so long as PowerToys is a component of your device.