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Bulk Rename Utility for Windows

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Key Details of Bulk Rename Utility

  • Rename and process files and folders.
  • Last updated on 6/4/2018
  • There have been 5 updates

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Editors' Review

Download.com staff

Bulk Rename Utility takes the pain out of renaming and managing files and folders, assuming you can get past the frightening user interface. This free application can handle everything from simple search-and-replace to Perl 5 regular expressions, but it suffers from a cluttered user interface that fails to offer tool tips and, somewhat incredibly, abbreviates labels and button names.

The application window offers 13 primary functions, including inserting and appending text, auto-numbering, cropping characters, and moving/copying files. Additional menu bar drop-downs let you set global options, such as time stamp formats, color-coding, and activity logging. Bulk Rename Utility tries to help by offering a comprehensive Help file (although it hardly sets the mind at ease when the Getting Started section starts with DO NOT PANIC!!!! in large red letters). The application also pops Confirmation dialogs by default. But we found that experimentation was the best way to learn the program: The interface displays both the original file name along with what the end product would be if you were to make the changes you have proposed. The target file name is updated as you fill in the application's poorly labeled text fields, drop-down menus, and check boxes, but no changes are made until you click the Rename button.

Bulk Rename Utility provides a great and lightning-fast way to manipulate file and folder names in bulk. Its capability to handle file attributes, metadata, and sophisticated regular expressions make it appropriate for power users as well as those with simpler needs. Unfortunately, its poor interface means that new users will likely lack the fortitude to learn the ins and outs of this program.

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Full Specifications

  • ! Fixed compatibility with Windows XP and Windows Server 2003
  • ! Fixed code signing certificate issue on Windows 10
  • + Added F2 rename action to menu
  • + Added PDF manual to installer
    July 27, 2016
    Latest update
    June 4, 2018
    Operating System
    Windows 98, Windows Server, Windows Vista, Windows 10, Windows 2003, Windows NT, Windows ME, Windows 2000, Windows XP
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    Developer's Description

    Rename and process files and folders.

    A utility to rename files and folders with extremely flexible criteria. Process subfolders, add date stamps, add auto-numbers, perform search and replace, perform regular-expressions, and change timestamps. The software is available in a native 64-bit version for enhanced performance.