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Changing File Names

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    Changing File Names

    I have a directory in which I have a large number of genealogical records, 756 to be exact. The files are numbered FIN_1881_001_001 to FIN_1881_001_756.

    Due to an error when saving these files, I need to change these 756 file numbers to FIN_1891_001_001 to FIN_1891_001_756.

    Is there any easy way of doing this without having to change each file name individually.

    Thanks in advance

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    Windows 10 Pro Prieview x64

    This utility works pretty well... You can remove and replace parts of file names

    Hope this helps

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    Windows 8.1, 10

    Are these the only files with names starting "FIN_1881_001_xxx"?

    If, for instance, you have FIN_1881_001_757.txt which you don't want to rename, then the following won't work.

    For safety's sake I would copy the files into a new folder before trying the following, in case it picks up files you don't expect.

    The old-fashioned MSDOS command prompt method is this.

    The effect is to rename all files that have a name of FIN_1881_001_xyz.txt to FIN_1891_001_xyz.txt

    • Navigate to the folder containing the files in a normal File Explorer window.
    • Click on the folder with a Shift-Right-Click (that is, hold down the Shift key as you right-click with the mouse). This should bring up a context menu including the option "Open Command Window Here".
    • Select "Open Command Window Here"
    • Type the following command and press return:
      ren FIN_1881_001_???.txt FIN_1891_001_???.txt
      You can also copy this text with Ctrl-C and then click the top left corner of the command prompt window to bring up Edit | Paste option to paste it in.
    • Type "Exit" and press return to close the command prompt.
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    May I recommend this :
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    Have been using it loooong time now and it is the easiest one out there, free too.
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