Re­name mu­sic files in bulk

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If you have lots of mu­sic files, re­nam­ing them one at a time will be a time­con­sum­ing process. To re­name your files in bulk try us­ing Tagscan­ner (

Once it’s in­stalled, click Re­name (top left), then the ‘Browse for folder’ but­ton (the folder icon with a blue ar­row – just be­low Re­name). Nav­i­gate to and se­lect your Mu­sic folder, then click the Se­lect Folder but­ton. When your mu­sic ap­pears in the panel on the left (this might take a few min­utes if you have a a big col­lec­tion), press Ctrl+a to se­lect all the songs (they’ll be high­lighted in blue).

Next, click the ‘File­name pat­tern’ drop­down menu and se­lect ‘%artist% - %al­bum%\%track% - %ti­tle%’ (it’s the sec­ond op­tion – see screen­shot). Tick the ‘Re­or­ga­nize files’ box, se­lect Move in the drop­down menu to its right, then se­lect your Mu­sic folder in the ‘Des­ti­na­tion folder’ sec­tion. Click Re­name and your mu­sic files will be re­named (if you want to check that all’s well be­fore tak­ing the plunge, click Pre­view first).

The re­nam­ing process may move some mu­sic into another folder, so all that’s left now is a lit­tle house-keep­ing. Open your Mu­sic folder in File Ex­plorer and delete any empty fold­ers. You can sort them by size to iden­tify those con­tain­ing noth­ing. James Bishop

Use Tagscan­ner to change the name of tracks in bulk

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