Tuesday 21 February 2023

Google Add-on: Bulk Rename Files update Feb 2023


What it does

Bulk rename Google Drive™ files quickly and easily with this Add-on. You define exactly what you want to search for in the file name and the text to replace it with. Along with options for handling special characters and append/prepend to the existing file name. Works across My/Shared drives.


  1. Special characters
    • The tool can handle: - [ ] / \ { } ( ) * + ? . ^ $ | # 
    • You could remove individual characters:
      • Original file name example: 'Archive backup (ready)'.
      • New file name example: 'Archive backup ready'.
    • You could replace these characters with others:
      • Original file name example: '.backup folder'.
      • New file name example: '_backup folder'.
    • You could both remove and replace them at the same time:
      • Original file name example: 'This experiment belongs to _[Sample]'.
      • New file name example: 'This experiment belongs to Phil'.
  2. Append / Prepend
    • You can add text/characters to the beginning and/or end of the existing file name.
    • In the search text enter '<<KEEPNAME>>' and in the replacement text enter 'Something before <<KEEPNAME>> something after'.
    • Original file name example: 'is my'.
    • New file name example: 'This is my Document'. So replacement text would be: 'This <<KEEPNAME>> Document'

Append / Prepend to the existing file name
Append / Prepend to the existing file name

Find out more

Bulk Rename Files Add-on webpage - includes instructions and a demo video.