Launching the Application

Bulk Rename Utility

Launching the application

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When you run the application for the very first time you will be presented with the main window, located in the centre of the screen. This will only happen the first time – subsequent launches will position the window wherever you left it. This is true of all windows – the position of the window is retained between sessions.


In addition, whenever you re-launch the application most of the settings from your previous session will be retained, such as the directory and file-filter you were using. For this to work you must save a Favourites file, even if it's just a dummy file called "BRU Default Settings" or similar. If this sounds confusing then just press Ctrl+S, enter a name (any name) and pres Enter!


Only one instance of the application may be launched. If you try to run the application, and there is already a version running, then the original instance will be displayed.


If you chose the Complete installation option then the easiest way to access the Bulk Rename Utility dialog is from Windows Explorer itself. Simply highlight the folder or folder containing files which you wish to rename, and then either right-click or press shift Function Key 10 and select "Bulk Rename" from the context menu. (NB This option doesn't apply to UNC drives, e.g. shares in Network Neighbourhood, unless you have a drive letter mapped to that share). Also, if you've previously saved a Favourite then you can double-click that favourite to launch the application.


For an overview of the main screen layout, click here.


The first time you launch the Utility you will see a Tip Of The Day screen. You can view the tips, and you can prevent them from showing again. To see Tips manually, just choose the menu option.


Your preferences (except the screen layout) will be stored in a .INI file in the same folder as the executable program. Whilst this goes against Microsoft's philosophy, INI files are actually much better than the registry! You can take your folder with you and use it on any system, knowing that it's already configured for you! If you need two sets of preferences then create two copies of the executable with different names, and you'll get two INI files.