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Renaming files in Finder without jumping away Desktop
This is something that always annoyed me. You have Finder open and you are seeing a long list of files. Among these files, perhaps down in those beginning with an R, you see some files you want to rename.

Lets say you have 3 files to rename and all files are in sequence (alphabetical order). For example: ray01.jpg, ray02.jpg and ray03.jpg and you want to rename them to array01.jpg, array02.jpg and array03.jpg. You put the cursor over the first file, type enter and start renaming the file. As soon as you type enter to confirm the new name, you lose the other files from your sight. This because, as the renamed file now begins with A, you have find showing the files in alphabetical order and you have the renamed file selected, Finder will move the cursor to where the file belongs in the alphabetical list and you will have to go down the list again, and find ray2 and ray3.

The secret here is this: as soon as you press enter to confirm the name change, press the down arrow key to change the focus to the next file, in this case, ray2.jpg. The renamed file will move to its proper order and you will continue on the same spot on the list.

[crarko adds: I tested this, and it works as described. You do need to be very quick pressing the down arrow key or you miss the chance.]
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Or just click on the next file...
Authored by: gabester on Oct 08, '10 07:55:16AM

Instead of pressing return/enter on the keyboard after entering the name you can just click on the next file to rename. However, I do prefer your solution because it avoids the while having to move a hand from the keyboard to the mouse/trackpad to get the job done.
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Renaming files in Finder without jumping away
Authored by: abderrahman on Oct 08, '10 08:19:18AM

In the Finder Scripts folder, available from the Finder's Script menu there are precompiled scripts that do this job.



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Renaming files in Finder without jumping away
Authored by: joecab on Oct 08, '10 08:51:09AM

I usually just take the easy route and leave the files sorted by Date in List View; then they don't jump around at all when being renamed.



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Renaming files in Finder without jumping away
Authored by: joeyblades on Oct 08, '10 12:04:27PM

Of course, sorted by date may not put the multiple files you want to rename in close proximity to each other so you may still find yourself jumping around.



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Renaming files in Finder without jumping away
Authored by: joeyblades on Oct 08, '10 12:50:04PM

Well, second try here... first one was flagged as spam, I guess because it contained helpful links... So this time I'll just tell you how to discover the links on your own...

If you only need to rename a few files and you do it fairly infrequently then the posted hint has some utility. However, if you frequently have to rename lots of files, a more utilitarian approach is with the unix command line.

My preferred method is with a perl script. If you Google "perl script rename multiple files with wildcards" you will find several fine examples of how to do this.

Alternatively, if you really want to impress your geek friends, Google this: "linux rename command on mac os x". One of the first links will be to a hint on this very forum that will make your day.



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Renaming files in Finder without jumping away
Authored by: schutt on Oct 09, '10 06:35:33AM

This hint is useful, but you have to be very quick with the arrow key.

joeyblades suggestion of using a shell script if you have many renames to do is correct. Larry Wall's classic 'rename' Perl script is one of the most time saving bits of code out there. I seem to remember 10.4 including an older version of file-rename, but it doesn't appear to be in 10.6. But for times when you don't need the power, knowing this hint makes Finder more useful.



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ESC also works but then no file is selected
Authored by: bonobo on Oct 08, '10 02:23:19PM
If you don’t need to select the file before or after the renamed file you can also press escape—just as quickly as you’d press the cursor-up or cursor-down button.

This is a weeny li’l bit easier for me since my left hand knows better where to find escape than my right hand knows where the cursor keys are.

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Renaming files in Finder without jumping away
Authored by: vache folle on Oct 09, '10 05:35:27PM

Or simply use NameChanger from MRR Software.

I renamed a thousand pictures in 45 minutes or so.

BTW, it's free. ;)



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Renaming files in Finder without jumping away
Authored by: odinsdad on Sep 10, '12 07:04:44AM

Awesome! This works great... Thank you!

http://www.mrrsoftware.com/MRRSoftware/NameChanger.html

(NameChanger from MRR Software.)

Edited on Sep 10, '12 07:06:37AM by odinsdad



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Renaming files in Finder without jumping away
Authored by: kinomedia on Oct 10, '10 09:30:31AM

Try A Better Finder Rename - http://www.publicspace.net/ABetterFinderRename/

One of a set of 3 utilities that are all VERY useful.



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how i rename a couple files in finder
Authored by: demonyc on Oct 12, '10 10:02:01AM

in alphabetical list mode i click on the name -- not the icon which won't highlight the name -- and rename the file. i hit tab or enter and QUICKLY hit the up or down arrow key. if i keep the keyboard busy the newly named files wait until half a dozen-ish are renamed, or i pause, before they move to their new spot if they need to. if you end up in the "a"'s and want to get back to the "r"'s, just type "r" to jump to the "r"'s in the list.



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Renaming files in Finder without jumping away
Authored by: MrBillG59 on Oct 12, '10 11:13:21AM

Instead of all the workarounds, can we just bash Apple a little for this? 10.5/4/3... didn't work this way. I often have to rename files that might be in a folder of a thousand files or more. This new (to me) jumping away crap is a PITA!



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Renaming files in Finder without jumping away
Authored by: Frederico on Oct 24, '10 02:44:58AM

I'll take this behavior over Windows ''Right-Click, Select 'Refresh' to have your changes occur" behavior any day.

Or, better, IMHO, I use a Spotlight query to group the files in need of renaming.

And I guess I must be getting old; seems to me Mac OS has always done the jump thing; I am so attuned to just knowing the name of the next file I want to rename that I simply let it jump then type those letters to get to the next target that I guess I thought this was the way it always had been.

We've always been at war with Instant Refresh.

What I miss is the elegance of using a leading Tilde to push files to the end of a list and a bullet to push it to the front. Spaces and Z's look stupid.

We've always been at war with Unicode.

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