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I’m a big fan of file renaming utilities because they can save a ton of time when you have hundreds of files or photos who’s filename needs to be cleaned up. There are a few different tools that I used in the past to do this, but lately I’ve found myself gravitating to a freeware application called Ken Rename. It’s available for Windows only, and the best part may be that you can download a portable version that is ready to be thrown on a USB drive.

This program has all of the features that we look for including a live preview of the changes, and the ability to undo an operation. It also supports regular expressions for those of you who like to get down and dirty with your file renaming.

Here’s a list of features it includes:

  • Filter files with wildcard
  • Use multi-actions to rename and can change order
  • Create a numbered file list
  • Convert to upper or lowercase
  • Replace a string with a different string
  • Use regular expression with Replace
  • Keep only certain letters of the file name
  • Remove a string between 2 string or before or after a string
  • Can undo rename
  • Unicode support
  • Convert of code page
  • ID3v1 ID3v2 support
  • EXIF support
  • Set File Attribute
  • Select directory in file explorer with context menu
  • Preview rename results are shown immediately
  • Export and import rename file list
  • Save actions as preset
  • Picture preview
  • Custom keyboard shortcuts
  • VBScript support

The program has been receiving updates every few weeks so be sure to check back regularly for new versions.

Get Ken Rename for Windows