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The Easy Rename Action

The Easy Rename Action

This action is at the top of the list and is highlighted with asterisks, for the simple reason that it provides very quick access to an often used renaming need (especially for photographers and anyone needing file numbering).

The action works in three parts. It deletes the existing file and folder names, inserts the text you specify in the text box into the names, and then adds some numbering. The only complexity in this action is in the numbering. The same options can be seen in the 'Insert Numbers' action later on.

By default, the 'Use magic numbering' tick box is selected. This means that RenameMaestro will look at any numbers in your existing file and folder names and try to keep any ordering that they imply. However you can change the 'Mid' number, which allows you to rebase the numbering at whatever point you want.

So if the lowest number in the existing files is 34, and you specify 1 as the 'Mid', then the renumbering will start at 1, but attempt to keep the gaps between the file names' numbers the same as before. The 'Limit' number curtails any numbering beyond that specified limit. Please note, magic numbering is a 'best guess' option. On files with complicated numbering, this may not work as desired.

If you deselect the magic numbering, then the files and folders will be renamed with incrementing or decrementing numbers if you specify a 'From' number and a 'To' number, no numbers at all, or just a single number if you don't specify a 'To' number.

It is far easier to give examples of what this all means:

Example 1 - Magic numbering
Option Selected Choice
Delete the names...
Then insert this text... 'New Names - '
Use magic numbering Yes
Mid 50
Limit 10
Original Files Renaming Preview
old names 03.txt New Names - 50.txt
old names 05.txt New Names - 52.txt
old names 06.txt New Names - 53.txt
old names 15.txt New Names - .txt
old names 16.txt New Names - .txt

Example 2 - Magic numbering (no 'Limit')
Option Selected Choice
Delete the names...
Then insert this text... 'New Names - '
Use magic numbering Yes
Mid 50
Limit
Original Files Renaming Preview
old names 03.txt New Names - 50.txt
old names 05.txt New Names - 52.txt
old names 06.txt New Names - 53.txt
old names 15.txt New Names - 62.txt
old names 16.txt New Names - 63.txt

Example 3 - Standard numbering (no 'To')
Option Selected Choice
Delete the names...
Then insert this text... 'New Names - '
Use magic numbering No
From 40
To
Original Files Renaming Preview
old names 03.txt New Names - 40.txt
old names 05.txt New Names - 40.txt
old names 06.txt New Names - 40.txt
old names 15.txt New Names - 40.txt
old names 16.txt New Names - 40.txt

Example 4 - Standard numbering (and 'To')
Option Selected Choice
Delete the names...
Then insert this text... 'New Names - '
Use magic numbering No
From 40
To 43
Original Files Renaming Preview
old names 03.txt New Names - 40.txt
old names 05.txt New Names - 41.txt
old names 06.txt New Names - 42.txt
old names 15.txt New Names - 43.txt
old names 16.txt New Names - .txt

Example 5 - Standard numbering (no numbers)
Option Selected Choice
Delete the names...
Then insert this text... 'New Names - '
Use magic numbering No
From
To
Original Files Renaming Preview
old names 03.txt New Names - .txt
old names 05.txt New Names - .txt
old names 06.txt New Names - .txt
old names 15.txt New Names - .txt
old names 16.txt New Names - .txt