04-05-2019, 12:21 PM #1
Changing file names automatically
- Member Since
- Jul 28, 2011
Sorry to bother you!
I want to do something to a bunch of txt files on a Mac,.... I believe there would be an easy way to do it, but I really do not know how to look for a solution
Any help is really appreciated.
So, I have around 5000 files whose names are of the following format Shaw (1928).txt or Twain (1920-1923). txt
I would like to rename them, all of them at once namely to move the () in front. The outcome should be (1928)Shaw.txt or 1928Shaw I do not care if the parenthesis is kept or the blank etc, but I want the number in front. Its there a way to do this quickly?
- 04-05-2019, 01:15 PM #2
- Member Since
- Jan 20, 2012
- North Carolina
- Your Mac's Specs
- MBP 13" (2013); 8 GB RAM; SSD 256 GB; OS 10.14.2
Hi AnaNic - batch renaming can be done in Finder-Info Here - e.g. see first pic below - select the files, hit the 'Action Icon' and select 'Rename...' - there are a number of format and sequence choices but are limited (I've used the feature for just a half dozen or fewer files - 5000 may be a bit much, don't know; also, the options likely will not do what you want) - but others may find the link helpful.
Now your second choice is to search at the App store (see 2nd pic w/ the search words) - there are much more powerful 'batch renamers' but may cost a little money - I use to use one years ago but forgot its name. Hopefully others will 'chime in' w/ more specific recommendations - good luck. Dave
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04-05-2019, 01:36 PM #3
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