How to batch rename files in Windows 11 (2022)

When you are dealing with a large collection of files, there are times when you would want to rename them all simultaneously to manage them better. Renaming all files manually can be a frustrating experience, but Windows 11 offers several ways to rename your files in bulk. In this article, we will walk through the steps to rename files in batch in Windows 11.

Rename Files in Batch in Windows 11 (2022)

Rename Files in Batch with Windows 11 File Explorer

Did you know that you can use the default Windows 11 File Explorer to rename files in batches? Although not as versatile as PowerToys or other third-party batch file renaming software, it does the job for most users. This is how it works:

1. Open File Explorer using Windows 11 hotkey ‘Win + E’ and select the files you want to rename. Right-click on the selected files and click on the “Rename” icon from the context menu. You can also use the “F2” keyboard shortcut to rename files.

rename from context menu

2. Enter the new file name and press the Enter key. While you will see the text box in one of the selected images, it should be noted that Windows will assign the same name to all selected files with different numbers.

enter a new name for the files

3. As you can see in the image below, Windows batch renamed all selected files using the same name. If you don’t mind having a number at the end of the filename, that’s all you need to easily rename multiple files on Windows 11.

batch renaming output

Use PowerToys to Batch File Rename in Windows 11

1. Download the latest version of PowerToys installer from GitHub and run the installer file. Follow the on-screen instructions to complete setup and open PowerToys.

install powertoys to batch rename files in windows 11

2. When PowerToys opens, switch to the “PowerRename” tab in the left sidebar and click “Open Settings” to review your PowerRename settings.

show powerrename settings

3. By default, you will notice that the “Enable PowerRename” toggle is on. If not, enable it to use PowerRename.

enable powerrename to batch rename files in Windows 11

4. Select the files you want to rename and right click on them. Click “Show more options” to expand the context menu and choose “PowerRename”.

show powerrename settings to batch rename files in windows 11

5. When the PowerRename interface appears, type the word you want to replace in the upper box and the replacement word in the “Replace with” text box.

add text to find and replace

6. Click the “Apply” button on the lower left corner of the application to batch rename files in Windows 11 using PowerRename.

click apply to batch rename files in Windows 11

Third-Party Application to Batch Rename Windows 11 Files

You may also consider using dedicated batch renaming software to rename files in bulk. Although there are many options, one software we recommend is FastStone’s Photo Resizer. Although the app looks a bit dated, it’s fast and has a negligible learning curve.

1. Install FastStone Photo Resizer (download) and navigate to the folder containing the files you want to rename. Select the files and click the “Add” button to add them to the rename queue.

add files to queue

2. Now you can set the common name using the filename pattern or search and replace specific words in the filename. You also have the option of using name, year, date, etc. from the parent folder using the symbols detailed in the tips section of the app. After defining the desired name and format, click “Rename” button to rename files in bulk.

edit file name and rename to batch rename files in Windows 11

3. The app will show you a confirmation prompt. Click “Yes” to confirm the changes.

confirm file renaming

4. FastStone will now rename the files you selected and you can view the results on the next page.

file batch renaming results

Easily rename files in bulk in Windows 11

So, those are three ways to batch rename files in Windows 11. In the meantime, be sure to check out our other guides to always run apps as an administrator in Windows 11 and how to add a guest account in Windows 11 Moreover, you can also check our article on the best hidden features of Windows 11 to further explore these features.