How to Rename Part of a File Name from a Selection of Files in Windows?

I know about the Windows trick where you just select a group of files and upon renaming it will add a sequential number to make them all unique.

However I'm looking for a way to rename a selection of files using a search and replace or Regular Expression.

For example starting with:

  • Menu1_Off.jpg
  • Menu1_On.jpg
  • Menu2_Off.jpg
  • Menu2_On.jpg

I would like to change Menu1 to Home like:

  • Home_Off.jpg
  • Home_On.jpg

Or change the On to Hover like:

  • Menu1_Off.jpg
  • Menu1_Hover.jpg
  • Menu1_Off.jpg
  • Menu2_Hover.jpg

7 Answers 7


On Windows, I use the excellent (and free) ReNamer tool.

Screenshot below demonstrates how to do your example operation with 2 simple Replace rules, but you can also use Regular Expressions if you want.

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This can be done with PowerShell quite easily. Here is an example for your first use case (single line):

Get-ChildItem 'Menu1*.jpg' | Rename-Item -NewName { $_.Name -Replace 'Menu1','Home' }

That should get you the gist of it.


If you are looking for a good file renaming solution for Windows I would definitely have a look at Bulk Rename Utility. It is quite powerful and for complex renaming rules definitely worth a try. It also supports regular expressions.

I have used it in the past and although the fronted seems to be a bit confusing it does the job really well.


If you want something user-friendly that also helps you with all other file-management tasks, including replacing the pretty worthless Windows Explorer, check out Directory Opus. Sure, it's not free, but for what you get and the possibilitiy to sort and quickly see directory sizes on file shares is excellent - I think it's worth it. Try the trial ^^ old Magellan on Amiga user


Better File Rename


If you want full control of the process it can be done using PowerShell, there's information on how to do this here. Alternatively the Regular Expression File Renaming Utility is useful for doing this.


StExtBar has an amazing rename utility. You can use regex patterns for renaming and compare the changed file name before applying rename.

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