Windows’ command prompt (CMD) allows us to rename files using the
rename command. The syntax and examples of this command are below.
How to Rename File in CMD –
Command syntax for rename:
rename file_path new_name
rename d:\data\file1.doc file2.doc
The file2.doc will appear in the folder d:/data after running the above command.
ren are aliases for one another.
Found the Errors:
A. Renaming the files fails with the below error if they are used by an application.
C:\>rename data.xlsx newdata.xlsx The process cannot access the file because it is being used by another process. C:\>
B. In order to rename the file, you must also have sufficient privileges.
c:\>rename c:\windows\csc test Access is denied. c:\>
C. A file is not converted from one type to another when it is renamed; it changes only the file name. The file format remains the same even if you change a filename from
If a doc file is named
mydocument.docx and renamed to
mydocument.pdf, Acrobat Reader cannot open the file.
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