How many ways can you rename files on your Mac? The easy way is to click on a file in the Finder, press the Return key, then type in the new name.
What if you have 100 files to rename. The typical Mac way doesn’t look so easy, right? In fact, anything beyond five or six files that need a different name and the whole process looks tedious and time consuming.
The Mac is a computer, so there must be an easier, faster, more accurate way to rename files without jumping through a line of hoops.
That’s what the free app Rename does. It renames files by the hundreds or thousands and no hoops.
Drag and drop files into Rename. At the bottom you’ll see the original file names. As you make automated changes, you’ll see a preview of the changed file names next to the originals.
At first, Rename may look confusing as there are plenty of options. There’s a built-in Find and Replace. You can serialize file names, and even remove characters.
Rename comes with suffix and prefix building and extension changing options. As you change the options, you’ll see the Preview File Names change automatically.
Once you’re satisfied with the changes, click the Rename Files button and Rename makes the changes while you watch.
I have a few commercial apps that do mostly the same thing but they come with a price tag. Rename is free.