ReNamer:Manual editing

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Manual renaming

In addition to combining multiple rules, you can rename any file manually.

The following example explains the process:

In the Files pane, select the file to be manually renamed

(click anywhere on its row).

To enter Edit mode, do any of the following:
  1. Press F2
  2. Right-click on the filename and select the Edit New Name option
  3. Slow-click on the file-name.

ReName enters Edit mode. The New Name column shows the file name in a box, and the file's name is highlighted.

Now you can:

  • Type a new name to replace the old name entirely.
  • Use left/right arrow keys to place your cursor anywhere in the name and add/delete/change a few characters.

In this example, we will replace 2 with 3 (the effect is shown below).

To end the Edit mode, press ENTER (or click anywhere outside the edit box).

The newly edited name is shown as preview (the file is not renamed yet).

  • You can abort the renaming by pressing ESC.
To actually rename the file, click on the RenameButton.png button. ManuallyRenamedFiles.png

Note that manual renaming has a major limitation: it must be the last operation before renaming. Any further Preview operation will discard your adjustments. If the AutoPreview is on this means that, apart from pressing PreviewButton.png button, your changes will be discarded also by some activities in ReNamer GUI (such as adding/removing a file, adding/removing/editing a rule). This happens because manual renaming is not a rule; so its results cannot be passed on to the other rules for further processing. The rules stack always start with the file's original name.

We will check this out with multiple examples.

Example-1: Manual renaming is always lost if Preview button is pressed.

If we press the Preview button, the manual renaming is lost, and the rules in the Rule pane take over again!

In this example, we renamed the second file manually, and then pressed the Preview button. As a result, the ALLCAPS rule acted on the original name (Name2) again, and converted it into NAME2.

Example-2: Manual renaming may be lost when files are added
(if the Auto preview when new files are added mode is turned ON).

In this example, the preview options are set to refresh the preview whenever new files are added to the Files pane of ReNamer. So, if we add a new file, ReNamer behaves as if we pressed the Preview button (and the manual renaming is lost).

So the net effect is same as the Example-1 (above).

Compare the three screenshots:

The first screenshot shows the effect of the Case Rule, which is set to convert the name to ALLCAPS. Both file names are turned ALLCAPS.

The second screenshot shows that the file Name2 is manually renamed to Manual. (The ALLCAPS rule still works on the first file.)

The third screenshot shows what happens when the New file is added to the Files pane: The auto preview mode forces a refresh of the pane. As a result, the name of the second file is reset to its original name. Then the ALLCAPS rule acts afresh on all three names, and turns all the three file names to ALLCAPS.

The net effect is as if the manual renaming was never done at all.

Example-3: The effect of manual renaming may be lost when you add a new rule
(if the Auto preview on change of rules configurations mode is turned ON).

In this example, the preview options are set to refresh the preview on any change to the rules.
The file was renamed manually, and then a single Case Rule was added to convert the names to ALLCAPS. Notice that this rule actually ignored the manually given name (Name 3) and acted on the original name of the file (Name2), and made it NAME2.

Example-4: Manual renaming works if done after all the rules are added (no matter what the AutoPreview settings are).

This is the reverse of the Example-3. The preview options are also set to refresh the preview on any change to the rules. But this time the ALLCAPS (Case) rule was added first. As soon as it was added, It acted on both files. The second file was manually renamed after that. So its name is changed from NAME2 to Name 3.

To conclude, the effect of the manual renaming survived because it was done after the last Preview (triggered by adding the rule in this case).