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From the Tips Box: Quick File Renaming in Windows 7, Fast Access to Web Sites on Android, and GPS-based Todo Lists

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Once a week we round up some reader tips and share them with the greater How-To Geek audience. This week we’re looking at speedy file renaming in Windows 7, fast access to bookmarks in Android, and a neat GPS-based todo list.

Rename Files Sequentially and Quickly in Windows 7


Christoph writes in with following renaming tip:

If you want to sequentially rename files really fast in Windows 7, all you have to do is highlight them and hit F2 to rename them the first one and hit enter. The files will be renamed somename (1).ext and so on. It’s really handy for bulk renaming vacation photos and what not.

That is a handy trick, Cristoph, thanks for sharing!

Add Android Bookmarks to Your Home Screen for Fast Access


Mark writes in with the following Android tip:

This might be common knowledge for most, but I just found it out playing with my phone while waiting for a tardy client. You can stick bookmarks right on the home screen! I can’t believe how much time I’ve wasted opening my browser, opening the bookmarks, and clicking on the link I wanted to visit. I’ve filled an entire home screen panel with my most frequently accessed web pages.

We’re pretty sure there are people who are unaware of this trick. Even those who know about it could use a reminder of how useful it is to slap a URL shortcut right down on the home screen.

TodoNearby Links Your GPS and Todo List

Hank writes in with the following todo-list tip:

I’ve been using a neat Android app for a few months now called TodoNearby. It links your todo list with the GPS coordinates of the location for that todo (like the place you need to buy it, or drop it off, or whatever). Apparently it’s under review for the Android Market so the coder has the direct download link down on his site. You can check out this page and email him and he’ll send you a beta copy. I’ve been using the beta this whole time and it works great!

Linking the location of the task to the reminder for the task is clever, thanks for sharing!

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  • Published 04/12/12

Comments (21)

  1. PC_Ernie

    The file renaming trick is very slick. I am surprised that I have never seen this tip mentioned anywhere else. Great job.

  2. habradabra

    …and it works with Vista too…

  3. Cody

    The problem with Windows’ auto-renaming is that it doesn’t number the first file, and the second one is named *(1). A fix for this is to create a text file, initially name it “!.txt” and use that as the base for the renaming scheme. The first actual file you want to rename then gets the (1) and you can delete the text file.

  4. Harry

    [quote]If you want to sequentially rename files really fast in Windows 7, all you have to do is highlight them and hit F2 to rename them the first one and hit enter.[/quote]


  5. Michael

    Unfortunately the bookmark tip only works with the stock browser. Since i don’t use it anymore that makes me a lkttle sad. Does anyone know if there’s a way to create a bookmark that points to another browser?

  6. Greg

    Using the Windows “bulk renaming” feature, since it does not insert leading zeros, will IMMEDIATELY distort the sequence of the files, since x (11) is less than x (2).

    There is free software available called “Bulk Rename Utility”, which allows you to control the number of leading digits, amongst many other features, and in so doing allows you to preserve the original sequence of the files at the filename level.

  7. Xavier

    The bookmark tip also works with the Dolphin Browser.

  8. rvishu

    Stumbled onto F2 renaming trick by accident. Have been using ‘FileMenu Tools’ from Excellent.

  9. Ashley

    I’m looking for a way to transfer my operating system from
    the old hard drive in my HP Pavilion desktop p6257c to
    a new hard drive that I am going to replace. HP tells me
    that I can’t do this unless I buy the hard drive from them?
    All I have is a complete set of Image Files in discs from
    the old hard drive. Thanks…Ashley

  10. Brian

    For renaming of photos, FastStone Image Viewer is really powerful (and it’s free). Control-click the pictures you want to rename, then press F4, and you have a variety of options for using sequences and times which can be created as new filenames or added to the existing name

  11. Rmanwide

    I don’t know, Cody and Greg. I just tried it and it worked fine. All pics are numbered sequentially and are still in the correct order. Good job, Christoph!

  12. Burgerman

    That utility only works for simple renamings. For anything more complex, you have to go third-party.

  13. Carol

    Christopher, you are a lifesaver! I have tons of photos of my sterling silver jewelry, (which I sell online) including different sizes of each one so I can use them on various sites. This has already saved me tons of time. Thanks!

    I like your tip about FastStone Image Viewer too, Brian. I think I will probably use both of them. With family photos, I like to keep them in their dated folders but I have just started seperating my product photos.

  14. Pigeon

    For bulk renaming operations I’ve used this from time to time very handy.

    Some Regex knowledge to get the most out of it.

  15. James Abuda

    I am very surprised for file renaming trick:-) Thanks to this article.

  16. R Kleczerx

    For mass renaming of files use this renaming utility free from Advance Renamer;

  17. frogeyes

    Thanks for the heads-up on FastStone Image Viewer. Just used the name changing feature and was pleasantly surprised as to how nimble the program is. Plan to try some of the other features in the near future. I will also pass it on to friends and family members.

    Thanks again

  18. Ed

    Correction on the renaming tip:
    Cody’s workaround for making sure the first file in the list is numbered 1, and so on down the list, is too cumbersome (even if easy to do) and uncessary. This tip was available in XP, and the proper way to do it was and is: Click on the LAST file in the list, hold down SHIFT, and click on the first file in the list. Press F2 and rename the file. This ensures that the first file is numbered 1, not the last file.

  19. rocky

    To know about the From the Tips Box Quick File Renaming in Windows 7, Fast Access to Web Sites on Android, and GPS-based Todo Lists

  20. stephen jones

    for batch renaming files I always use Renamer

  21. phil fotot

    Like Greg (above), I also use Bulk Rename Utility (BRU). It’s has a number ways to modify filenames. I’ve been using it for many years, back when it was called CKRename.

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