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Targeting Tutorial



Before you can do anything with Rename From List, you must select (target) your files.

The main window of Rename From List is used for targeting files.

Here is a step-by-step tutorial of how to target files:

1.

Launch Rename From List: Double click the Rename From List link on your desktop or single click the Rename From List link in your start menu.

2.

Unregistered users: A nag screen will appear. After 3 seconds, the continue button will become active. Click the continue button to be taken to the Rename From List main window

Registered users: The Rename From List main window will open

3.

The main window is the main interface of Rename From List. From here you can target files and then perform an array of operations on those files.

filter files size date

4.

First you must select the drive that your files are on. Click box A.

A drop-down list of all the drives on your computer will appear. Select the drive that your files are on by left-clicking a drive.

Example: If your files are on drive c:\ then select c:\ from box A.

5.

Next, you need to navigate to the folder that contains your files.

Box B contains a list of all the visible folders on your selected drive (It will be referred to as a folder tree).

To navigate through folders, double click them. This will expand the tree for that particular folder.

Example: If your files are in c:\windows\system then you will need to double-click on the windows folder in box B and then double-click on the system folder in box B.

6.

Box C displays the currently selected folder. As well as double-clicking down the folder tree (box B), you can also select a folder by typing the full path in box C.

For example: If your files are in c:\windows\system then type c:\windows\system into box C. This will select the c:\windows\system folder.

7.

Box C should now display the folder that your files are in (the target folder). If it does not then you have not correctly targeted your folder and you must go back to step 4

8.

Now that you have targeted the folder that your files are in, you must now target your files.

Right-click on box H. Menu I should appear. From the menu, left-click on "Target All Files"

9.

All files in the target folder should now be displayed in box H.

IF YOU WISH TO TARGET ALL FILES IN THE TARGET FOLDER THEN YOU HAVE NOW SUCCESSFULLY DONE THIS AND YOU DO NOT NEED TO READ ON.

10.

A hidden file is a file that is not normally visible on your computer.

If you do not want to target hidden files then un-tick (un-check) box D. This will remove all hidden files from box H. Hidden files will not be targeted when box D is not ticked.

11.

Use box E to target files by pattern. To enter a pattern, tick (check) the File pattern box in section E and then enter your pattern to the right.

All file names that do not match this pattern will be removed from box H

For a tutorial on file patterns, please click HERE

12.

Use section F to target files by size.

Example: If you only want to target files that are smaller than 1KB (1024 bytes) then tick (check) the file size box then select "Less Than" from the box on the right. Then enter 1 in the box to the right of that. Then Select KB from the box to the right of that.

13.

Use section G to target files by date. You can target files by last accessed date (date that the file was last accessed by you or your computer), last modified date (date that the file was last written to by you or your computer) or Creation date (date that the file was first written to your drive).

Example: I want to target all files that were created yesterday or today: tick the file date box in section G. Select Created from the box on the right. Click on the button to the right and select yesterday's date from the popup window. Click on the box on the right of that and press reset and then close to select today's date from the popup window.

14.

You can use any combination of the above techniques to target files.

You can target files by date, size and pattern all at the same time.

15.

It is worth noting at this stage that some of Rename From List's features can also work on files contained within sub-folders. Rename From List will not do this unless you tell it to. You cannot do this from the main window. If you are using one of these features then all targeting parameters that you set in the main window for the target folder, will also be applied to files within sub-folders.

Example: I want to target all txt files in the target folder and all sub-folders. I would complete step 8 of this tutorial to target all files and then I would enter a file pattern of *.txt. Now, all txt files in the target folder will be targeted. If I tell Rename From List to also target files contained within sub-folders, Rename From List will only target the txt files contained within sub-folders and will not target any other files.



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