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How to rename a file

This help sheet explains how to change the filename of a photo using Windows Photo Gallery.

Todays digital cameras create images with names that are not very helpful. Here you can use Windows Photo Gallery to help you rename the photographs with a sensible name.

1. Copy the images from your camera to a folder on your computer.

2. There are two ways to open Photo Gallery. One is to right click on you photograph or image, select Open with and the select Photo Gallery. This opens the photograph for you to view, to edit it click on the Edit, organize or share button. This will open the full Photo Gallery programme.

Or you can open Photo Gallery through the main Windows menu. click on the Windows button in the bottom left of your screen, click all programmes and select Photo Gallery.

3. Click on the Edit tab and locate your photographs. You can rename more than one photograph at a time. If it is just one photograph you want to rename click on that photograph. If it is many you can hold the Ctrl key down and click on your photographs or hold the mouse button down with the cursor to the top left of your first photograph and then move the mouse cursor down the screen covering the photographs with a blue box which is selecting the photographs, let go of the mouse button when you have highlighted all of the photographs to be renamed. Click on the Rename button.

4. In the bottom right hand corner of the window the under the heading Information, the Filename box can now be typed into. Type in the new filename for the photograph(s).

When you hit the Enter key the new filename will be saved. If you are renaming more than one photograph the main filename will remain the same and a (1) (2) (3) and so on will be added the the filename.

5. You can close the Photo Gallery programme and open the folder with your photographs in. You will notice that their new filename with subsequent filenames with ascending numbers in brackets.

These photographs are now ready to be uploaded to your website or virtual learning platform.