How to reorganize a pictures into folders by date

Posted on 2009-04-15
Last Modified: 2013-12-04

I have  a computer with about 5000 pictures that have been taken with digital cameras. These pictures are all very unorganized.  I would like to have all the photos organized by date (1 day for each folder) with folder names in this format: yyyy_mm_dd.  Is there a program out there that will take all my pictures and reorganize them to a given structure like this?  If it makes a difference, there may be a mulitple copies of some photos (in diffent folders - with the same filenames).  

Any advice is appreciated.

Thank, Mike
Question by:Mike_Plug
    LVL 5

    Assisted Solution

    In each folder you can do a Ctrl A to highlight all the files under that folder and then right click on one of the files and select rename select the name(yyyy_mm_dd).  This will rename all the files under that folder to yyyy_mm_dd and yyyy_mm_dd(1) and yyyy_mm_dd(2) and so on.

    Author Comment

    Thanks for the reply.

    I think I may have been unclear in my question.  

    What I have is 5000 unorganized photos, with random filenames,  in about 100 folders with random folder names.  What I would like to do, is get rid of all these old folders, and start over with folder names in the format yyyy_mm_dd (where yyyy is the year, mm in the month, and dd is the day).  Then, all the pictures need to go into the folders with correspoding days.  So in the end, all the pictures that were taken on April 9, 2007 will be in a folder called "2007_04_07", the pictures take July 9, 2008 will be in a folder called "2008_07_09" etc.

    I do understand what you mean by higlighting all the pictures in a given folder and renaming them to give them names like picture(1), picture(2), picture(3) etc, but this is not what I am trying to acomplish.

    Thanks again.


    Accepted Solution

    I did get all this done.  A program called JPEG Japery for about $40 was the way to go.


    Featured Post

    What Should I Do With This Threat Intelligence?

    Are you wondering if you actually need threat intelligence? The answer is yes. We explain the basics for creating useful threat intelligence.

    Join & Write a Comment

    This article discusses the PaperPort 14 Scanner Connection Tool, which Nuance provides at no charge in order to fix scanning problems in Windows 8. Furthermore, users of PaperPort 14 in Windows 7 and Windows 10 have reported that the tool works in t…
    In a previous article published here at Experts Exchange, Signature Image with Transparent Background (, I explained how to cre…
    It is a freely distributed piece of software for such tasks as photo retouching, image composition and image authoring. It works on many operating systems, in many languages.
    In this sixth video of the Xpdf series, we discuss and demonstrate the PDFtoPNG utility, which converts a multi-page PDF file to separate color, grayscale, or monochrome PNG files, creating one PNG file for each page in the PDF. It does this via a c…

    755 members asked questions and received personalized solutions in the past 7 days.

    Join the community of 500,000 technology professionals and ask your questions.

    Join & Ask a Question

    Need Help in Real-Time?

    Connect with top rated Experts

    19 Experts available now in Live!

    Get 1:1 Help Now