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.



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...

  • 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

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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