How can I perform a bulk file rename in Windows XP?

A. XP lets you rename files in bulk by simply selecting multiple files within Explorer and pressing the F2 key. When you use this feature, the OS applies the name you enter to the first file and applies the same name with a number in brackets to the other files you selected (the file extensions remain unchanged). For example, if you select the following files,

  • notes.doc
  • figures.xls
  • disney.jpg
  • holiday.gif
and renamed the first file (notes.doc) to file.doc, XP would rename the remaining files as follows:
  • file (1).xls
  • file (2).jpg
  • file (3).gif
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