Better File Rename

This is just a random tool recommendation – I’ve been meaning to post it for months, but have never made the time. Well, a meeting just finished early, so the time made itself.

I’ve love this tool: Better File Rename

It’s a Windows shell extension that gives you a ton (maybe more) of batch file renaming options. Right-click on a folder or a group of files and you can:

  • Add characters to the beginning of a file
  • Change the file extension
  • Add sequence numbers to the file name
  • Add date/time stamps to the file name
  • Replace characters or string patterns in the file name
  • A staggering number of other possibilities

I’ve been using this delightful little tool since 2002, and it works great on Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows Server 2003 and I assume Windows Server 2008 as well, although I’ve never personally tested it. If I ever rebuild my primary laptop to run Server 2008 then I’ll know, because this app is one of the few 3rd party "must have" utilities that I install whenever I rebuild my main machine.

Ok, that’s that. Check it out – download a trial version and see if it rocks your world too. Especially with all of the Christmas photos you’ll soon be taking, you know you want it…


About ssimagine

My name is Matthew Roche, and I am a Senior Program Manager with the SQL Server product group at Microsoft. I work on Master Data Services and Data Quality Services, and have previously worked on SQL Server Integration Services. Although I work for Microsoft and will be posting on technical topics, I want to stress that this is a personal blog, and any opinions posted here are mine and mine alone. I built my career around SQL Server and Microsoft technologies for well over a decade before I joined Microsoft as an employee, and I plan on using this blog to share my personal experience and opinions. They may well be shaped by my experience on the SQL Server team, but they’re still mine, and not that of Microsoft, disclaimer, disclaimer, etc., etc..
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