How to Rename Multiple Files On Google Drive

If you are looking to rename the files in Google Drive then this solution is for you. Renaming the files in Drive is not a difficult thing but if we have the bulk of files then it is quite difficult to rename them.

A straightaway method is not introduced yet but we can use a third-party tool to rename the files.

Follow this tutorial to know more.

How to Rename Multiple Files On Google Drive Using Multiple Files Rename App

Multiple file rename is a free app available in the Google Workspace marketplace that provides a better way to rename files. Refer to the steps mentioned below to learn how to use it.

  • Open your laptop or PC with your preferred browser. 
  • Head over to the Google Drive website at google.com.
  • Enter your credentials to access the Google Drive. 
  • Once logged in, click on the New button on the side menu. 
  • Click on More and select Connect more apps from the menu. 
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  • Now, a Google Workspace marketplace window will show up on the screen. 
  • Type Multiple File Rename for Google Drive in the search bar, and Install the first option displayed.
Multiple File rename for Drive
  • You can also visit this site to install and connect it manually to your Drive. 
  • When a new prompt window pops up asking for permission to install the app, click on Continue
  • A new browser window will open where you can choose which account to use with this app. 
  • After selecting the account, it will again ask for permission and display what all the apps will access in your account. Make sure you check the Connect itself to your Drive option.
Multiple file rename for the Google Drive
  • Once you are installed, you can rename the files together using this app. It also has additional features including adding prefixes and suffixes by searching the files by keywords.

The Multiple File Rename is a user-friendly tool that is free with no hidden costs.

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How to Rename Files On Google Drive Using Bulk Renamer For Drive

Bulk renamer for the Drive is a popular extension for renaming multiple files. Follow the below steps to see how to use it.

  • Open the Chrome browser.
  • Go to the Chrome web store and search for Bulk Renamer For Drive. 
  • Click on the Visit Website button. This will take you to the website of AppsScript Ninja, who are the developers for this extension. 
  • Once you are on the page, you will see a small Google Apps Script window; click on Review permissions
  • A new browser window will show up where you have to choose which account you want to use with this extension. Select the account you want and click on Allow when it asks for your permission. Now, the extension should be installed and connected to your Drive. 
  • Select a folder whose files you want to rename from the Drive Picker. Make sure it only has files that are owned by you. 
  • Next, you have to choose between two options: Simple Replace or Advanced Replace. The Simple Replace option will allow you to find and replace text in filenames and also an option to preserve the file modification date or update it to the latest dates. 
  • The Advanced Replace option allows even more control over your files. You can choose to add a base name to all your files, prepend and append base names, suffix and prefix separator, and also an option to number your files. 
  • Once you’ve chosen between these two options, click on Next, and all your files should begin renaming in real time. After the process is completed, a result page will be displayed, with all the (if any) errors recorded during the process. 

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Renaming Files On Google Drive Using Scripts

There is another method you can choose to try renaming the files. Everyone will not be familiar with this method but still, it is difficult to understand the process.

If you are aware of coding how the script works on the browser then you can rename the multiple files on Drive.

There are perfect scripts available on GIT Hub where not only can you rename your files in bulk but also list the files on Google Drive of folders and subfolders.

You can use this script to rename more than one file on your Drive. Do this only if you have any basic idea of how these things might work. Even if it does not make sense, you can still try and see how things are done simply for learning purposes.

Moreover, you need to visit this website to understand how to use this script.

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Conclusion

As you can see, there are numerous ways to bulk rename files on your Drive. You can use apps, extensions, add-ons, and even scripts to get the job done. Using scripts might seem a little difficult if you have no technical knowledge but you can always follow the steps mentioned and it might work for you. 

Or else you can choose to work with other methods that are much easier. Apart from the extensions, we have mentioned in the guide, there might be other options too that work pretty well that you can use as well. Give these methods a try and see which one suits you the best.

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