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I need to rename about 300 student pix.  Currently, they are labeled 001.jpg, 002.jpg and so on.  I need to rename them to their individual student ID with the jpg extension.

I have an excel spreadsheet that has Column B with the 001.jpg format and Column C with the matching studentID.jpg format.

Is there a way to have the actual pictures renamed automatically without having to manually copy the student ID, go to the jpg picture and do a rename? 300 manual cut and pastes are not on my list of IT "to do's" but I seem to be the one who is left dealing with it.

By the way, I need this format to get the pictures into our SIS and another program.

Any help is appreciated.
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Question by:smantz
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by:Phillip Burton
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Either:

1.Create a BAT file (which is a text file which has the extension .bat instead of .txt) in that folder - or
2. open up a command window and go to that folder (easiest way - open Windows Explorer, Shift-click on a folder, and select "Open command window here").

Then copy text from the spreadsheet. What text? Text in the format:

ren "OldName.jpg" "NewName.jpg"

If you have the information in cell B2 and C2, then D2 would be:

="ren """ & B2 & """ """ & C2 & """"

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and copy that downwards.

Verify that that looks good (and make a copy of the Windows Explorer folder before doing this - you cannot undo it).

Then either:

1. copy it into the BAT file, close the BAT file, and double-click on it, or
2. go into your Command Window, right-hand click, and paste.

In case you typed the list that you have in column B previously, then you can always use a cataloger such as the one in www.filecats.co.uk to generate that list (just in case you have additional photographs in other folders to rename - that might save you a little time later).
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Eirman earned 1800 total points
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> Export your excel file as a CSV file.
> Open Flash renamer and follow the instructions for renaming by using the instructions in a CSV file.
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Flash Renamer is a great little program and is well worth having.
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by:smantz
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Wonderful program!  Thanks for the tip
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