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For simple bulk renaming actions, which is what I do most of the time, I really like the way Windows does it - select a bunch files, press CTRL+F2, write the string, and all files are renamed to that string, followed by a serialized number enclosed in parenthesizes.

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Is there ANY way to configure macOS to behave the same (but using macOS's default as the shortcut)? Paid 3rd party solutions are totally accepted.

Thanks!

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The build in Finder application supports bulk renaming...

In Finder: Just select the files you want to rename, right click on them, then click rename...

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  • I know, but it's very limited: (1) I believe it doesn't support RegEx, so I can't replace everything with a string. (2) I don't think it support renaming and serializing in the same go. (3) Finder's bulk renamer can't be invoked using a hotkey. – voronoi Mar 8 '18 at 7:43
  • You can set up a hotkey In system preferences ... – Harcker Mar 8 '18 at 10:38
  • Could you please elaborate on this? Where do I find this setting? Moreover, is there a way to configure a renaming pattern such as DESIRED NAME(SERIALIZED NUMBERING)? – voronoi Mar 9 '18 at 17:57
  • appleinsider.com/articles/18/03/09/… hope this helps – Harcker Mar 9 '18 at 18:52
  • I didn't manage to define as the shortcut that will invoke the rename menu. Moreover, I don't think the shortcuts preferences menu allows for defining of hotkeys that work only under certain conditions (in my cost, only when a few files are selected in Finder). – voronoi Mar 12 '18 at 22:40
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I’ve been using the very powerful paid app A Better Finder Rename for many years.

You can find it here.

Disclaimer: I’m an extremely satisfied user. No financial or other connection to PublicSpace.net.

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