Rename multiple files in Microsoft Windows XP Explorer by following the steps below.
- Open Explorer.
- In Explorer select all the files you want to rename.
- Once the files have been selected press F2 and type the new name for the files. For example, typing “test” will rename the files to test, test(1), test(2), test(3) etc. If you have show file extensions enabled, make sure to also type the name of the file extension you’re renaming.
If you need each of the files renamed as a different name, you can also quickly go through files by following the steps below.
- Highlight the first file and press the F2 key.
- This opens rename for the highlighted file. After the file has been renamed press the tab key to go to the next file.
Finally, if the above suggestions don’t help or you need a more powerful tool for renaming multiple files in Windows we suggest the Bulk Rename Utility.