How to Rename Photo File Numbers

By Julius Vandersteen

If you have a collection of digital photos, it's possible that they were automatically given file names with consecutive numbers by the camera, such as "photo-001.jpg," "photo-002.jpg" and so on. After reviewing them on your computer and deciding to delete some, there will be gaps in the numbering sequence, going from photo 3 to photo 7, for example. You can quickly rename the photo file numbers into a new sequence with software that comes installed on your computer. At the same time, you can give a set of photos the same base name to indicate details to help you organize them, such as what day they were shot or the location.

Windows

Step 1

Click "Start" from the taskbar and click "My Pictures."

Step 2

Open the folder of photos that you want to renumber.

Step 3

Click "Edit," then click "Select All."

Step 4

Right-click on the first photo file, then click "Rename." This highlights the photo file's name so you can edit it. If this is a set of pictures you shot at the zoo, you could name this image "Zoo.jpg"

Step 5

Press "Enter" on your keyboard to rename each photo with the new base name and to add sequential numbers to them, such as "Zoo-001.jpg," "Zoo-002.jpg" and so on.

Apple

Step 1

Click on the "iPhoto" icon in the dock to start the program.

Step 2

Click on the "Plus" button to create a new photo album.

Step 3

Drag the photo files you want to rename from their folder on your hard drive into the new photo album. Right-click on the first image, then select "Batch Change."

Step 4

Click on the "Set" pull-down menu and change it to "Title," then click on the second pull-down menu and change it to "Text." A text field will appear that you can type in a base name for all the photos, such as "Zoo" for pictures taken at the zoo. Click on the check box that reads "Append a number to each photo."

Step 5

Click "OK" and iPhoto will rename each photo with the new base name and add sequential numbers to them.