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How to rename multiple files of a folder in Excel?

Author: Xiaoyang Last Modified: 2020-05-08

May be most of us are suffered with this problem that we need to rename multiple files in a folder, to rename the filenames one by one will make us crazy if there are hundreds or thousands files in that folder. Are there any good functions for us to deal with this task?

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Rename multiple files of a folder in Excel with VBA code

If there are multiple files that you want to rename, first, you can list the old file names in a column of worksheet, and then enter the new filenames that you want to replace with. To quickly list all files in worksheet, you can use the Kutools for Excel’s Filename List utility.

After installing Kutools for Excel, please do as follows:( Free Download Kutools for Excel Now )

1. Click Kutools Plus > Import & Export > Filename List, see screenshot:

2. In the Filename List dialog box, click doc-rename-multiple-files-1 button to choose the file folder that you want to list the files, and then click All files from the Files type, see screenshot:


3. Then click OK button, all the filenames have been list in a column of a new worksheet, as well as some file attributes, and now, you can delete other unwanted columns and only leave the File Name column, see screenshot:


Click to know more about this Filename List feature…

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After listing all original filenames in one column A, and you should type new filenames in column B as following screenshot shown:


And here I will talk about a VBA code which may help you to replace the old filenames with the new filenames at once. Please do with following steps:

1. Hold down the ALT + F11 keys, and it opens the Microsoft Visual Basic for Applications Window.

2. Click Insert > Module, and paste the following macro in the Module window.

VBA code: Rename multiple files in a folder

Sub RenameFiles()
Dim xDir As String
Dim xFile As String
Dim xRow As Long
With Application.FileDialog(msoFileDialogFolderPicker)
    .AllowMultiSelect = False
If .Show = -1 Then
    xDir = .SelectedItems(1)
    xFile = Dir(xDir & Application.PathSeparator & "*")
    Do Until xFile = ""
        xRow = 0
        On Error Resume Next
        xRow = Application.Match(xFile, Range("A:A"), 0)
        If xRow > 0 Then
            Name xDir & Application.PathSeparator & xFile As _
            xDir & Application.PathSeparator & Cells(xRow, "B").Value
        End If
        xFile = Dir
End If
End With
End Sub

3. After pasting the code, please press F5 key to run this code, and in the Browse window, select the folder which you want to change the filenames in, see screenshot:


4. And then click OK, all the old filenames have been replaced by the new filenames immediately. See screenshots:

doc-rename-multiple-files-1  2 doc-rename-multiple-files-1


1. When you list your old and new filenames, the file extension must be included.

2. In the above code, the reference A:A indicates the old filenames list you want to rename, and reference B contains the new filenames that you want to use, you can change them as your need

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Great! it work for me
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The above stated code does not detect native language file names in Hindi or Marathi - example "HIN-MALE-CH - 7 - कार"
Here the code does not detect "कार"
Any way to handle this issue?
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Ha kép nevébe "/" jelet akarok rakni, akkor min kell változtatnom?
Ha benne van a "/" jel akkor nekem nem működik.

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Hello, Benedeczki,

Under normal circumstances, the file name cannot contain the /\:*?<>” symbol, so if your picture name contains the / symbol, the code cannot run normally.
You'd better to remove the / symbol from the file name.
Thank you!
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wow, useful and very helpful. BIG THANKS :)
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Sub RenameMultipleFiles()
With Application.FileDialog(msoFileDialogFolderPicker)
.AllowMultiSelect = False
If .Show = -1 Then
selectDirectory = .SelectedItems(1)
dFileList = Dir(selectDirectory & Application.PathSeparator & "*")

Do Until dFileList = ""
curRow = 0
On Error Resume Next
curRow = Application.Match(dFileList, Range("A:A"), 0)
If curRow > 0 Then
Name selectDirectory & Application.PathSeparator & dFileList As _
selectDirectory & Application.PathSeparator & Cells(curRow, "B").Value
End If

dFileList = Dir
End If
End With
End Sub

this formula does not rename1st document
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