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File Renamer Basic

CNET Editors' review

A good file renamer can make your life easier, especially if you take a lot of snapshots or have a large and ever-changing music collection. File Renamer Basic from Sherrod Computers is a free tool that can rename, copy, and move your files and folders based on a wide range of properties and options. It can scan thumbnails, filter files by extension, and add prefixes, suffixes, and other elements, including unique parameters. You can preview changes before File Renamer makes them, and Undo them after, if you like.

File Renamer Basic opens with an optional Tool Tip. The user interface is a bit crowded, with lots of functions tucked here and there, but the Office-style Ribbon toolbar helps keep tidy. All the tools and settings you need are grouped together in the main window; for example, the settings for renaming files or folders are grouped with the Copy/Move options at the end of the file entry field (including a Copy To directory that is inactive until needed). File Renamer Basic has an Explorer-style tree view for browsing to and adding files, including subfolders. The bottom half of the interface is where you configure the program's actions. Under File Name Properties, we could edit or exclude Prefix, Filename, Separator, Unique Parameter, Suffix, and Extension. A nice touch: File Renamer Basic displays a sample file name using your selections in a large font in the bottom panel. The Delete/Insert/Remove tab includes settings for both Starting Position and Number of Characters, while the Find/Replace tab offered useful options such as case and extension settings. The Advanced tab lets users create specific file names; it includes a useful tool to search for and insert EXIF keywords. File Renamer Basic also edits ID3 tags and renames lists.

Large buttons labeled Apply, Undo, and Preview make File Renamer Basic very easy to figure out and use, though an extensive Help menu offers plenty of resources, including a full manual and a forum. File Renamer Basic worked fast and well for single files and batches. We liked being able to create and save profiles for regular jobs, too.

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All User Reviews
  • All versions:

    3.9 stars

    out of 284 votes

    • 5 star: 152
    • 4 star: 55
    • 3 star: 21
    • 2 star: 11
    • 1 star: 45
  • Current version:

    3.6 stars

    out of 59 votes

    • 5 star: 28
    • 4 star: 12
    • 3 star: 3
    • 2 star: 2
    • 1 star: 14
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  • 5.0 stars

    "Was hesitant to download, but it worked perfectly!"

    January 17, 2014  |   By abj5000

    Version: File Renamer Basic 6.3

    Pros

    Works in Windows 8.1 64 bit.
    Easy to use and figure out.
    Has a lot of options.
    Previews your changes before committing.
    Files renamed instantly.

    Cons

    None so far.

    Summary

    Had about a hundred .jpg files that I wanted to simply add a 0 to the front so they would maintain proper order in a viewer. After downloading it took me about 2 minutes to figure out how to do my simple task. Very useful free app. Recommend.

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  • 1.0 stars

    "full of POPware..."

    January 12, 2014  |   By Joshua_Friend

    Version: File Renamer Basic 6.3

    Pros

    Free to uses

    Cons

    what with the size,,,, over 20mg of installed data to renames files ???,,, Whats is it doing mining bites while burning CD-Roms at the same time while uploading scanned dancing files??? is this a shocker or what..

    Summary

    Do any real teckee use this or are they just ---- --- users who like taking risks... Can this company offer a reply..

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  • 5.0 stars

    "It worked after using default directory"

    January 2, 2014  |   By wwweber260

    Version: File Renamer Basic 6.3

    Pros

    It has regular expression file renaming

    Cons

    It failed to startup when I installed in a custom directory.

    Summary

    This worked like a charm after I installed in the suggested default directory. At first I installed in a directory where I put all my Windows utilities and the program crashed before it even started up. So I uninstalled it and installed in the recommended directory. After that, the program started up fine.

    I especially like using regular expressions to rename files and I like how it warned me to "Preview" my changes before committing them. The preview showed that I had a mistake in my regular expression which I quickly corrected. 54 files were renamed successfully. Nice software. Thanks for making this available for free.

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  • 4.0 stars

    "Works in Win 8; Don't See any AdWare"

    December 7, 2013  |   By kirk_b

    Version: File Renamer Basic 6.3

    Pros

    Installed Basic version in Win 8.1 64 bit; no problems with install. Program works with no problems encountered.

    Profiles are useful.

    There may be AdWare, but I don't see it, and I've looked. Perhaps if others will give more details.

    I haven't seen any nag screens to upgrade yet.

    Cons

    I may wish for some additional features, but this program does what it says it will do for free, so I have no true "Cons."

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  • 1.0 stars

    "install spyware, crashes at close"

    November 19, 2013  |   By frazld320

    Version: File Renamer Basic 6.3

    Pros

    seem to do what it says

    Cons

    Installs malware vbscript
    Crashes at close with run-time error 216 at 00002BF4

    Summary

    I don't tolerate miss behaving programs

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  • 1.0 stars

    "Does not work with Windows 8"

    November 16, 2013  |   By Sherod_Unresponsive

    Version: File Renamer Basic 6.3

    Pros

    This product was a great product prior to Windows 8. I had used it for several years on Windows XP and Windows 7. However, with Windows 8, File Renamer simply refuses to work.

    Cons

    Does not work with Windows 8 (64-bit). The publisher, Sherod Computers, is unresponsive to multiple emails requesting support, despite the fact that I had paid for the software.

    Summary

    I have tried installing the software (version 6) with and without Administrative privileges, all without success. You will see the splash screen for a second, then error messages appear. Most of the time all you get is a process running in memory. No user interface ever appears. On a rare occasion the UI will appear, but half of the components on the form are missing, making the product totally unusable. Attempting to close the program when this occurs always fails. One must ALT+CTRL+DEL to kill the program. I have tried multiple "Compatibility modes", again, all to no avail. It is sad to see a software publisher let what use to be a decent software program fall into disrepair. I would suggest users to look elsewhere for a file renaming solution.

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  • 4.0 stars

    "It's simple, and does what it says it does."

    August 25, 2013  |   By The Masked Villain

    Version: File Renamer Basic 6.3

    Pros

    It's an easy program to master, and it does what it says it will do. Re-name your files to some semblance of order.

    Cons

    It's not as flexible as some or the other renaming programs out there, but it doesn't pretend to be.

    Summary

    If you have a lot of digital photographs on your hard drive, you know that there is no logical naming scheme to them. File Renamer Basic will help even the novice bring order to that kayos.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Works great with Win 8 64bit"

    August 23, 2013  |   By marcel-oerlemans

    Version: File Renamer Basic 6.3

    Pros

    Works fast and perfect

    Cons

    Didn't find any

    Summary

    Installed fast without adware, I changed about 30 filenames in 3 different folders, works great and without any problems.

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  • 1.0 stars

    "it doesnt do anything"

    August 21, 2013  |   By sdfkjafpoawehpruoq

    Version: File Renamer Basic 6.3

    Pros

    none it did nothing

    Cons

    it doesnt do anything - i just wanted to rename a set of files and i cannot even rename one

    Summary

    it does nothing

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Does exactly what it's supposed to!"

    July 18, 2013  |   By Scottos_World

    Version: File Renamer Basic 6.3

    Pros

    Makes file renaming simple, uses ID3 tags which makes life very easy, can edit ID3 tags as well!

    Cons

    None so far

    Summary

    I have a pretty big music library and renaming all the files was almost impossible until I found this excellent utility.

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