Rename photos based on thumbnail order #
How to arrange a group of thumbnails and rename them sequentially based on their position:
At this point, our filenames look something like: name (1), name (2), name (3)... (if Windows Explorer does not list files in proper numerical order (e.g., "10" follows "1" instead of "9"), you can correct this with TweakUI: Explorer > check "Use intuitive filename sorting"). To get rid of the parentheses and renumber the files with leading zeroes:
- Navigate to folder containing photos in Windows Explorer
- View > Thumbnails
- Click and drag thumbnails into desired order. It may be advisable to enable View > Arrange Icons by > Align to Grid.
- Edit > Select All
- Right click on first photo and rename to desired_name (1). That is, the desired file name, followed by a space, followed by an open parentheses, followed by the number one, followed by a close parentheses.
- All photos will be renamed to desired_name (#), where # corresponds to the photo's position in the thumbnail layout.
Two other possible (though untested) methods using commercial software: with IMatch and Photoshop Elements.
- Launch ReNamer
- Settings > General > check "Use natural order sorting algorithm..." > Save (you may need to restart the program for this to take effect)
- Add Folder
- Add rule > Serialize > check "Incremental" > check "Pad with zeroes to reach length" > insert 3 for the number of zeroes > click "Add Rule"
- Add rule > CleanUp > check "(...)" to the right of "Strip out content of brackets:" > click "Add Rule"
- Review results before committing changes. The new filenames should look something like: 001name, 002name, 003name ...
/windows | Sep 10, 2009
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