ReNamer:Menus for the Files pane

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ReNamer has a menu bar between the Rules and Files panes MenuStrip.png.

This appendix describes the options available from this menu.

Files button

When you click on the FilesButton.png button, the following list pops up:

The main menu looks like this:

Analyze Name Pops up the analysis window, and loads the names of the selected files.
Edit New Name F2 Starts manual editing of the selected file.
Shell Options for Windows shell operations
Mark Options for marking specific items
Clear Options for unmarking specific items
Select Options for selecting specific items
Move Options for moving specific items
Count marked and selected files Total count of items (selected + marked)
Remove selected items Del Remove the selected items from the ReNamer's File pane.
(This command does not delete the items from the disk.)

This menu provides second-level options, as follows:

Shell submenu


Open File                Enter Open the selected file using its default associated application.
Open with Notepad  Shift+Enter Open the file with notepad. Useful when you want to see the raw data in the file. (When viewed this way, the file will not be displayed in it original formatting. It may not be easily readable.)
Open operating folder Ctrl+Enter Launch Windows Explorer, and open the folder where the selected file is located. Highlight (select) the file in it.
File propertiesAlt+Enter Display the properties of the selected file. Typically, file size; dates (Created/modified/accessed); comments; author; attributes (hidden, system, etc.)
Cut Files to clipboard Shift+Ctrl+X Puts the selected file on the clipboard.
(Note: If you do not paste the file in a target application, the Cut operation is automatically canceled.)
Copy Files to clipboardShift+Ctrl+C Puts a copy of the selected file on the clipboard.
Delete files to Recycle Bin Deletes the selected files to Recycle Bin. (They can be recovered from the Recycle Bin.)

Note that if the file is too large for the Recycle Bin, Windows will warn you that it will not be put in Recycle Bin, but deleted permanently. If you confirm, the file is deleted permanently.

Mark submenu


Note: Marking of files is explained here.

Mark       Shift+M Mark all selected files. If some files are already marked, they remain marked.
UnMark   Shift+U Unmark all selected files. If some files are already unmarked, they remain unmarked.
Invert MarkingIns Marked files become unmarked, and vice versa.
Mark only changed
(Inc. Case)
Mark files that are changed. Files that had just change of case (and nothing else) will also be marked.
("Change of case" means some letters are converted capital-to-small and/or small-to-capital)
Mark only changed
(Exc. Case)
Mark files that are changed, but do not consider changes of case.
("Change of case" means some letters are converted capital-to-small and/or small-to-capital)
Mark only selected Mark files that are selected. If some unselected files are already marked, they will remain marked.
Mark by Mask Pops up a Mask window:


Specify a mask pattern. All files that match this mask will be marked.

You can enter multiple masks. If a file matches any of these masks, it will be marked.

Clear submenu


Note: The term "Clear" means remove from Files pane of ReNamer.

Clear All Clear all files loaded in the pane.
Clear Renamed Clear all files which are renamed just before this command. Note that even if some files are not affected by the rules, they are still regarded as renamed successfully.

Only files that failed to rename (those with a x mark) will remain in the pane.

Clear Failed Only files that failed to rename (those with a x mark) will be cleared.

All other files (including the files whose names were not altered by the rules) will remain in the Files pane.

Clear Valid @@@valid means what?
Clear Invalid @@@Invalid means what? Files having name-conflict?
Clear Marked Clear all marked files.
Clear Not Marked Clear all files that are not marked.
Clear Not ChangedCtrl+D Clear all files that did not change.

@@@what does this include?

Select submenu


Note: Selection of files is explained here.

Select All  Ctrl+A All files in the pane will be selected.
Invert Selection  Ctrl+I Selected files are unselected, and vice versa.
Select by Name Length  Ctrl+L Pops up a window:


Specify the length of file name. Only files that exceed that length will be selected.

The length refers to base name only; not the dot or the extension.

Note: A typical application is to check if the file can be put on a CD/DVD. The maximum length allowed in ISO 9660-compliant file-system is 64 characters. Longer file names are truncated when you cut a CD/DVD. It is difficult to Correlate such files with their originals. To avoid such problems, shorten the names before cutting the CD/DVD.

Select by Extension  Ctrl+E Pops up a window:


Specify the extension (without the dot). All files having that extension will be selected.

You can enter multiple extensions (They must be separated by semicolons- not comma).

Select by Mask  Ctrl+M Pops up this window:


Specify the mask. All files matching that pattern will be selected.
You can enter multiple masks (They must be separated by semicolons- not comma).

Move submenu


Up      Ctrl+Up Moves the selected file up. This is used to re-arrange the files list.

(It is better to use the keyboard shortcut CTRL+UpArrow).

Down  Ctrl+Down Moves the selected file down. This is used to re-arrange the files list.

(It is better to use the keyboard shortcut CTRL+DownArrow).

Filters menu

When you click on the FiltersButton.png button, the Filters window pops up. It controls what gets added to the Files pane when you use the AddFoldersButton.png button.

FilterSettingsDialog.png The options work as follows:
Add files within folders If you want to rename only directories, you would normally UNTICK Add files within folders option, and tick Add folders as files option. This will stop files being added from scanned folders.
Add folders as files ReNamer treats folder just like a file (not as a container that holds files and subfolders). So only the folder and its subfolders are loaded as files; but not the files in it. Useful for renaming the folder itself.
Include subfolders Loads contents from all subfolders recursively.
Include hidden items To protect hidden items, deselect this option.
Include system items To protect files reserved for system (OS), deselect this option.
Skip root folders when added as files Works when the Add folders as files option is selected. ReNamer adds all the subfolders by default (as files). But if this option is OFF, the folder itself will also be added to the list (as a file).
Masks All added files (or folders as files) must match specified mask(s). For example, if you enter *.jpg;*.gif;*.pngas masks, ReNamer will add only files with these extensions. Everything else will be filtered out (not added to ReNamer).
Apply only to file name Changes how the masks (see above) are applied.

For example, suppose you have file C:\Folder\File.ext. If this option is ON, only the filename part (File.ext) will checked against the mask(s). But if this option is OFF, the entire path (C:\Folder\File.ext) will be checked against the mask(s).

Press Save to save changes and return to the Add Folders window.

In fact, this menu is also accessible during the Add Folder process. Hence it is described fully in Adding items using the 'Add Folders' button section.

Export menu

When you click on the ExportButton.png button, the following list pops up:

Export the paths and undo paths
Export the paths and new names
Import the paths and new names
Import files from text-list or play-list
Export new names to clipboard
Import new names from clipboard

Options menu

When you click on the OptionsButton.png button, the following list pops up:

Autosize columns Auto-size all columns, to accommodate the longest file names in each column.
Validate new names Check if the new names are valid
Fix conflicting new names Add incremental numbers as suffixes to avoid conflicts in names. For example, if a new name for a file is Name1, and if it already exists in the target folder, then a suffix (1) is added to the newly renamed file. If more than one files have such name conflicts, ReNamer uses a incremental numbers (i.e., (1), (2), (3)...) as suffix; to make sure that each file gets a different suffix.
Highlight changed names Usually you load files only because you want to change their names. Yet, sometimes, some files escape all the rules you have loaded and remain unchanged. In such cases, you may want to know why that happened.

ReNamer can highlight the files that are going to change. Now you can investigate the remaining files.

Tip: You can unmark the rules selectively and see the effect on the files. That will tell you which rules are working on which files. Once your analysis is over, you can mark all rules.

Analyze sample text Instead of experimenting with files, it is safer to test the effect of your rules on text.
  • Enter any text that looks like your target files, and see whether the rules work as desired on that text.
  • Edit the rules if the desired result is not achieved
  • Once you are satisfied with the rules, apply them on the real files.

Let us see an example.

I had already added a single Insert Rule in the Rules pane of ReNamer. It was set to insert "2" (without the quotes) at the 3rd position.

When the option is selected, a window like this pops up:


In this window, I have added some arbitrary text to show the effect of the rule. Notice how x is added at the 3rd character in each line. I can move the cursor to any position. In this example, it is at the 3rd position (see the status line at the bottom of the screenshot).

Now I am reassured that the rule does insert an x at position-3. (My renaming will happen as planned.) Now I can close this window and go ahead and rename my files.

The options in the window are as follows:

Line wrap Wraps a line if it exceeds the window's width. (note that the window's width can be adjusted by dragging its right border.)
Automatically apply rules You do  not have to press the ApplyRulesButton.png button.
Apply rules for each line Applies the rule to each line separately.

Apply rules to the clipboard