File List Rename

Tips and Tricks

How to change the list separator
The column separator in the CSV file or the "list separator" in Windows is defined in your Regional Settings and it is normally "," or ";". If you work on one computer and you do not reinstall Windows it should be always the same. If you want to change it in your CSV file, just open it with Notepad and replace all ";" with "," for example. Or you can change it in your Windows OS going to Control Panel - Regional and Language Options - Customize - List Separator.

When to use "allow new names equal to some old names" option
If you have two files in one directory "file1" and "file2" and you want to exchange their names you need to rename the first one to "file3", then "file2" to "file1" and "file3" to "file2". File List Rename allows you to do that automatically, but because with lots of files it might get pretty confusing you should use that option carefully. Start always with a backup if the files are not too big. File List Rename renames all the source file names to "FLR$$filename" in that situation first. If the operation for some reason is not successful you will get "error" in your log file and you should go and sort the problem out manually. You can fall even in situation that you can not rename the file to the new name, because it already exists and it is not renamed to another file or you can come across even to a more peculiar situation when another file was renamed to the old name of the file in the mean while and you can not use the old name anymore. If you copy and paste lots of names in Excel and you do not double check the list for renaming well you might want to uncheck that option to avoid such errors. Or you can rename the file list at two passes, running the program twice with diffrent settings.