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I have a an excel sheet that will have first/last name and an account number.

I have a directory of files that are named via acct number, I would like to script a way to rename all those account numbers to first/last name.  For example find replace "account number" with the name listed by the account number.

Does anybody know of a good way to do that, or have a working script
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Question by:Preston55
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Here is a very simple code which should do what you need:
Sub renameFiles()
    myPath = "C:\New Folder\" 'the path to your directory (remember backslash at end)
    i = 2 'start on second row, assuming you have headers
    On Error Resume Next 'if a matching file is not found in the directory, skip it
    Do Until Cells(i, 1).Value = "" 'loop down the excel sheet until the first empty cell
        oldName = myPath & Cells(i, 1).Value & ".xlsx" 
        Name oldName As myPath & Cells(i, 2).Value & Cells(i, 3).Value & ".xlsx"
        i = i + 1
    Loop
End Sub

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It works with a sheet such as the one attached. Book2.xlsx
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by:DrDamnit
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Fart.

Find And Replace Text.

http://sourceforge.net/projects/fart-it/files/

You can do a find and replace on file names, their contents, type, etc...

Easily run from a batch file, or from a single command line.
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by:Preston55
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side question on that, some of the files have extended names for example

john smith is account number 34576,

so he may have two files which would be 34576_abcdef.tif and 34576_mnop.tif

With using those scripts can it preserver the _abcdef, yet change the 34576 to John Smith

Hope that makes sense, Thanks Again.

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by:McOz
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OK, if that is the case you will need to use this code:
Sub renameFiles()
    myPath = "C:\New Folder\" 'the path to your directory (remember backslash at end)
    i = 2 'start on second row, assuming you have headers
    Do Until Cells(i, 1).Value = "" 'loop down the excel sheet until the first empty cell
        strFile = Dir(myPath & Cells(i, 1).Value & "*.xls*", vbNormal)
        Do While strFile <> ""
            Name strFile As Replace(strFile, Cells(i, 1).Value, Cells(i, 2).Value & Cells(i, 3).Value)
            strFile = Dir
        Loop
        i = i + 1
    Loop
End Sub

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This will replace the account number in any filename that begins with the account number.

Cheers
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by:wls3
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Is this Excel--as in .xls/.xslx--or .csv?  Also, do you have a preference on which scripting language?  I see you put several.

Also, as someone who has a predilection for using Excel to manipulate stuff in a pinch, I am wondering why not try this low-rent solution: assuming your have columns A (first name), B (last name) and C (account number), why not use something this is in column D:

="ren C:\your\folder\path\"&C1&".ext C:\your\folder\path\"&A1&B1&".ext"

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The output would be:

A: Will
B: Steele
C: 12345
D: ren C:\your\folder\path\12345.ext C:\your\folder\path\WillSteele.ext

Drag this down to your last row and then copy/paste Column D values into a .bat file.  Double-click the .bat file and renaming is complete.  I would also STRONGLY recommend testing and backing up your directory before running this.
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by:wls3
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Sorry, posted too soon.  The command in traditional cmd shell would be:
="ren C:\your\folder\path\"&C1&".ext "&A1&B1&".ext"

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Do not use the full path to prefix the second file name.
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