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How to rename multiple files of a folder in Excel?

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.

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1. Click Enterprise > Import / Export > Filename List, see screenshot:

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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:

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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:

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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:

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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()
'Updateby20141124
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
    Loop
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:

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 And then click OK, all the old filenames have been replaced by the new filenames immediately.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

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Notes:

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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    Hemant · 4 days ago
    I am following the same process but couldn't succeeded in renaming the file i am also changing ("A:A") and ("B"). Is there any other valuve which i need to change in the code
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    Dee · 1 months ago
    I cant understand with range ( A:A) or (B) how to define that, thank you
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      skyyang · 1 months ago
      Hi, Dee,

      As the note remind, 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
      , as following screenshot shown:

      Hope this can help you, thank you!
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    Rasmus · 2 months ago
    I would like to rename multiple files from folders and subfolders. So im thinking a VBA code there looks at the path there is in the Column 'Containing Folder' (I Check the checkbox 'Include files in subdirectories') I am no where near good enough for coding VBA, but i look and try to understand. Thanks
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    Dave Koch · 4 months ago
    This is game changing. Thank you SO MUCH!!!
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    JonathanF · 5 months ago
    To rename the multiple files you can also check a software. Search on google- BatchRenameFiles Tool. Check the first search result.


    Thanks
    Jonathan F.