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The Find & Replace Text Action

The Find & Replace Text Action

This allows you to easily find and replace text in the selected rename area, using wild cards if you like.

The 'Find only the first match' box is not ticked by default, but if it is then only the first match will be replaced.

The 'Find what' box is compulsory, which is why initially it has a red exclamation mark to the right of it. You can use any of the three wild cards here. They behave in what should a familiar way, but here is further explanation:
Symbol Meaning Description

* (asterisk)
This matches zero or more characters, of any type

? (letter)
This matches (one or many) letters in the range a - z or A - Z

: (digit)
This matches (one or many) digit in the range 0 - 9


'Match each letter's case' only relates to the find value, not the replace. If this is selected the application will only find that which is specified in the 'Find what' box, in the case that each letter is specified in.

The 'Replace with' is optional - if left empty then the 'Find what' value will be found in each file or folder and then removed. However if this is specified, the find value will be replaced with this exact text.

Please note: You cannot specify forbidden symbols in this text box. Microsoft Windows forbids files and folders to have the following symbols in their names and extensions:

\ / : * ? " < > |

Example 1 - Simple
Option Selected Choice
Replace in Every name
Beginning at The start
Find only the first match No
Find what 'file'
Match each letter's case No
Replace with ''
Original Files Renaming Preview
old X fILE Name XX 1.txt old X Name XX 1.txt
old X file Name XX 2.TXT old X Name XX 2.TXT
Old X fILE NaMe XX 3.tXt Old X NaMe XX 3.tXt

Example 2 - First match only
Option Selected Choice
Replace in Every name
Beginning at The start
Find only the first match Yes
Find what 'X'
Match each letter's case No
Replace with 'A'
Original Files Renaming Preview
old X fILE Name XX 1.txt old A fILE Name XX 1.txt
old X file Name XX 2.TXT old A file Name XX 2.TXT
Old X fILE NaMe XX 3.tXt Old A fILE NaMe XX 3.tXt

Example 3 - Case matching
Option Selected Choice
Replace in Every name
Beginning at The start
Find only the first match No
Find what 'fILE'
Match each letter's case Yes
Replace with 'new'
Original Files Renaming Preview
old X fILE Name XX 1.txt old X new Name XX 1.txt
old X file Name XX 2.TXT old X file Name XX 2.TXT
Old X fILE NaMe XX 3.tXt Old X new NaMe XX 3.tXt

Example 4 - Asterisk wild card
Option Selected Choice
Replace in Every name
Beginning at The start
Find only the first match No
Find what 'f*e'
Match each letter's case No
Replace with ''
Original Files Renaming Preview
old X fILE Name XX 1.txt old X Name XX 1.txt
old X file Name XX 2.TXT old X Name XX 2.TXT
Old X fILE NaMe XX 3.tXt Old X NaMe XX 3.tXt

Example 5 - Number wild card
Option Selected Choice
Replace in Every name
Beginning at The start
Find only the first match Yes
Find what '2:'
Match each letter's case No
Replace with ''
Original Files Renaming Preview
old file Name 213 H.TXT old file Name 3 H.TXT
old file Name 212341 H.TXT old file Name 2341 H.TXT
old file Nxxe 77741 H.TXT old file Nxxe 77741 H.TXT

Example 6 - Number wild card
Option Selected Choice
Replace in Every name
Beginning at The start
Find only the first match No
Find what '2:'
Match each letter's case No
Replace with ''
Original Files Renaming Preview
old file Name 213 H.TXT old file Name 3 H.TXT
old file Name 212341 H.TXT old file Name 41 H.TXT
old file Nxxe 77741 H.TXT old file Nxxe 77741 H.TXT

Example 7 - Letter wild card
Option Selected Choice
Replace in Every name
Beginning at The start
Find only the first match No
Find what 'N??e '
Match each letter's case No
Replace with ''
Original Files Renaming Preview
old file Name 213 H.TXT old file 213 H.TXT
old file Name 212341 H.TXT old file 212341 H.TXT
old file Nxxe 77741 H.TXT old file 77741 H.TXT