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Rename multiple FILES using POWERSHELL

November 30, 2013 Leave a comment

Requirement ::

I needed to upload my Educational certificates onto a particular websites ..

after i was done with scanning my docs .. i never realised that the sites wont accept PDF or any other fromat Documents

which had special Characters in the name Exxmple –> ( ,&,*,@,$ ETC …

in my case the Documents were named Document(1).PDF 

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so i needed to get there name changed to just Document1.PDF 

aligned snapshot is the what my docs looked

POWERSHELL SCRIPT ::

to change the names of the PDF files .. used POWERGUI and used below command to set my location to the path which

contained the PDF files

SL stands for SET LOCATION and is equvalent to CD

sl ‘D:\GS\DOCS\TEST_scancopy’

then i used below command to get a count of files that had round brackets [ ( )  ] in their names

PS_rename._2JPGget-childitem -Filter ‘*(*’ | measure

this gave me idea of how many docs need to renamed …

i used a while loop to run for 29 times … to ensure all the PDF files

having *(* present in their name are set to required name ..

The rename-item was used to set the names of PDF files .

below is PS Script i used to rename the docs … as i have around 29 docs .. i have used 30 as the no. of times the loop will run through

___________________SCRIPT  STARTs __________

$int = 1

Write-Host $int

while ($int -ne 30)
{
Write-Host ‘within while loop’
Write-Host $int

$var = ‘Document’+ $int.ToString()+’.PDF’

# the names to which docs will be set

get-childitem -Filter ‘*(*’ | select -first 1 | rename-item -NewName $var

Write-Host ‘renamed to ‘ $var

$int ++

}

___________________SCRIPT  ENDs __________

The SCRIPT ran fine ..

you may use similar approach to tackle .. any other requirement 

specific to your need  ENJOY 🙂 

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