How to batch rename files in macOS

This is one of those tutorials that at first you may think that you won’t need it until you need it. I mean, on a regular basis you may not use it because renaming several files at the same time is not usual. But for example if you are a photographer and you spend all the captures, it is good to be able to find them later in an easier way. So let’s get down to business.

Batch file renaming is very simple but very useful

We have talked about how this functionality can be very useful especially for photographers but we cannot forget all those who need this functionality because they must handle large numbers of files for their work and want to organize them in their own way.

It is not very deferential to how the names of a single file are changed: We click on the filename twice, but with a large space between the two clicks. This will make the file name editable. We switch and then click somewhere else to finish. We can also right-click on the file and select Rename.

How to batch rename multiple files in Finder on macOS

Inside a Finder window, we select the files we want to rename. We drag the cursor to select several with a box, or Shift + click or Command + click on the files, or in the Menu, select Edit and then Select all. With the files selected, right-click on the selected files and select Rename, or go to File and then Rename from the menu. We use the dialog box to rename those files. Once complete, click Rename. By clicking Rename, all selected files will be renamed according to the settings within the browser’s Rename Items dialog.

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