How to Batch Rename Files

We've all been there.

We've taken a ton of photos or video clips. We've finished a large project with multiple output files. We're renaming a large amount of files for the purpose of SEO. Click, rename, click, repeat. What if I told you that you can save a massive amount of time without sacrificing an organization system worthy of being the next Dewy Decimal System? It's way easier than you think. I'm ashamed that I didn't know this before a year ago. The first method mentioned is for Mac users only but keep reading and I'll show you how to make it work for you on Windows (the only way that I know how, since I'm an Apple guy...)

Step 1: Select the files that you want to rename. (all of them)
Step 2: Click on "rename items"
Step 3: In the top left drop down, select format
Step 4: Name Format: (I use name & index)
Step 5: Type in the structure in which you want your files to be rename. (a prefix/suffix of sorts)

Easy & beautiful.

How to do this on Windows (from an Apple user's perspective)

Step 1: You'll need Adobe Bridge. Chances are, if you're reading this, you may already have it through Adobe's Creative Cloud service.
Step 2: Select the files you want to rename and right click followed by selecting "batch rename"
Step 3: You'll see there's a never ending set of possibilities here. Pretty self-explanatory at this point. Over all, it's fairly similar to the Finder version. Afterall, Bridge is simply a Finder on illegal drugs.

Which method do you prefer? I'm personally a bigger fan of the Finder method simply because it's always open! (I do LOVE that bridge allows for saved naming presets though)

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