Renaming Your Files on your Mac

Organize and locate your files the right way with this tip of the week

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Tip: Rename a whole batch of files

Finding files on your Mac can sure be annoying, especially if you have thousands of them and most of them have no name. In the past, you had to download third party software in order to highlight a batch of files and rename them. But now, Mac OS X Yosemite and above gives you the ability to rename a whole batch of files right from your Finder. 

Here’s how:

1. Open Finder.

2. Highlight the files you want to rename (Shift + Click).

3Right click on selected files (or Control + Click). 

4. Select “rename items.”

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5. Rename items by selecting an option in the drop-down menu:

  • Replacing Text

  • Adding text

  • Format

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6. Click “Rename” to save.

7. Repeat as necessary.