- Start Windows Explorer. To do so, click Start, point to All Programs, point to Accessories, and then click Windows Explorer.
- Select multiple files in a folder. To do so, press and hold down the CTRL key while you are clicking files.
- After you select the files, press F2.
- Type the new name, and then press ENTER.
Undo Rename on the Edit menu to undo file rename action you just completed, and you can repeat this process as needed.
The Rename function in Windows Explorer does not match the behavior of the REN command you may use at a command prompt. For example, if you had files that are named smitha.doc, smithb.doc, and smithc.doc, you could use the ren smith*.doc smythe*.doc command. All file names automatically show the new spelling, and are renamed smythea.doc, smytheb.doc, and smythec.doc.
If you use the Windows XP Rename function in Windows Explorer, after you select the three "smith" files, and rename smitha.doc to smythea.doc, all the other files you selected are named smythea(x).doc. To return to the original file name structure (the use of a, b, c, etc), you must rename each file individually.