Quick Tip: Rename folders, files in serial order instantly in Windows

If you have a bunch of files or folders with different unrelated or random names and if you’d like to name them in a serial order, here is a simple way to do so natively in Windows, without using any third party software.

Rename folders, files in serial order

Arrange all the files or folders you’d like to rename serially, one next to the other.

Select them all.

Right click the first one and select Rename.

The file or folder name will get high-lighted.

Rename it to whatever you want it to be, say Voila.

All the files or folders will get renamed serially instantly.

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Anand Khanse is the Admin of TheWindowsClub.com, a 10-year Microsoft MVP Awardee in Windows (2006-16) & a Windows Insider MVP. Please read the entire post & the comments first, create a System Restore Point before making any changes to your system & be careful about any 3rd-party offers while installing freeware.


  1. Dwight Stegall

    Here is another method I have been using since Windows 95.

    Windows Explorer likes to alphabetize everything. But you can get around that very easily.

    Let’s say you have several text files and you want to group them together at the bottom of the directory. Add a “z” to the beginning of each file name. Example: “zrecipes”, “zcontacts” etc.

    If you want to group them at the top of the directory add a number to the beginning of each file name. To get some to group even higher up in the directory use “!”.

  2. Dwight Stegall

    This also works with Folder names and your Favorites in Internet Explorer.

  3. SilverGoldi

    How you get the checkbox on them i cant get it.

  4. Tweak

    @SilverGoldi if you want the checkbox then you need to go into Control Panel and open Folder Options, click the View tab, then scroll down and select the option “Use check boxes to select items”. The thing is you can select all items like you normally would, the check boxes is just an option some like and some do not, it is not required.

  5. Nice One .. Thnx For Share..

  6. murtaza kanpurwala

    Nice post buddy…..

  7. Yusuf Mithaiwala

    this is really a great post keep it up man. thanks for sharing

  8. wahid haq

    I suggest to try
    KrojamSoft BatchRenameFiles program. It’s really work for me.

  9. Wyatt R

    An easier way to sort folders is to use an underscore “_” at the beginning of the name.

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