How do you change the name of a file or folder in the Mac’s Finder? That’s a time honored feature, too. Select the file or folder, press Return (Enter), type the new name. What about when you want to rename 10 files? Same thing, 10 times, right? How about 100 files? Uh oh. Pain.
To change a few hundred file or folder names one by one is, yes, time honored– we’ve been doing it that way since the Finder’s birth– but it, like birth, is painful. Well, here’s a drug to ease the pain and it’s priced right.
NameChanger changes file and folder names. 10. 100. 1,000. Easy peasy. Not only is it easy to change a large number of file names, the app is fun to use.
Open NameChanger and select a folder of files. You get a list of the files and their Original Filename. Then, by using the drop down menu options, select the changes you want to make to the files.
The Renamed Filename works in real time so you can see the effects of the changes. What can you change? Just about everything.
- Replace First Occurrence
- Replace Last Occurrence
- Replace All Occurrences
- Character Removal
- Regular Expression
- Change Case
As you select the options you will see the names change in the Renamed Filename column. When everything looks the way you want, simply click the Rename button and the files are renamed– almost instantly.
What could be better than that?
If you’re renaming images– photos, graphics, etc.– then NameChanger has another option to display the images and their new names. Photographers and videographers love this feature.
Wait! There’s more!
Click the Options button for more features– hide file extensions, ignore case, force uniqueness, etc. This gives you the ability to pull in groups of files to get them all on the same filename page for one final file name change.
I love NameChanger and recommend it to anyone who gets tired of renaming Mac files after the first five. *NameChanger isn’t really free, though. Instead, the app is donationware. Use it if you like it. Toss some money the developer’s way if you choose. Obviously, the app is a labor of love. And maybe beer.