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Posted on 2014-03-27
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Seeking to quickly locate files on my storage device that have common names like:

example01, example02, example03.....and rename them as:  red01, yellow02, green03

Using Windows 7.  Former versions of had FileManager and other tools that used wildcards to quickly search and replace.  The Search tool in Windows 7 works great, but haven't found a replace feature that works with the search.

Someone find a solution?
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Question by:clock1
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by:pony10us
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You can open a command line and enter this command:

for /f "delims=*" %a in ('dir example01.* /b /s') do ren "%a" red01.*

repeat for each one:

for /f "delims=*" %a in ('dir example02.* /b /s') do ren "%a" yellow02.*

etc.

or you should be able to create a batch file with all commands:

@echo off
for /f "delims=*" %a in ('dir example01.* /b /s') do ren "%a" red01.*
for /f "delims=*" %a in ('dir example02.* /b /s') do ren "%a" yellow02.*
for /f "delims=*" %a in ('dir example03.* /b /s') do ren "%a" green03.*
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by:clock1
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Is DOS the only alternative?
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by:Gerald Connolly
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Well its probably the easiest, you could do it with Perl, but that is a bit more complicated
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Or could use FileTree.xla to produce recurrsive directory tree in Excel and use Find/Replace there.
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by:clock1
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In this case, works best for me.
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