Renaming the files
Once you have added some files to the list of files you can start renaming them.
Since in the above example the file names contain duplicate phrases (repeating the album and the artist in each file name), we would like to remove the duplicate parts.
Also, the logical place for the name of the artist and the name of the album is the name of the directory⁄directories. If you have multiple albums of one artist, then it makes sense to create a directory for the artist, and for each album a subdirectory corresponding to the name of the album.
To remove the duplicate patterns from the filenames, click on the tab 'remove', and type in the pattern that you want to remove from the file names (see the screenshot below):
After this do not immediately click on the 'Rename button' but first use the 'Simulate' button, because it is always wise to test the changes before actually applying them to the real files.
When you simulate the changes they will only be applied to the list of files on screen, not to the files on your harddisk. You can always undo a simulated change using the 'Undo simulate' button. Only after you are happy with the results should you perform an actual rename.
Clicking on the 'Simulate' button in the above example gives the following results:
As you can see, Fast File Renamer tells you the number of replacements made and the duplicate pattern has been removed from the file names as displayed on screen. Moreover, the column 'F' has a little star 'flagging' that the filename has been altered.You can always click the 'Undo simluate' button, which restores the previous situation. You will always need to 'undo' the simluation before performing an actual 'rename', since the 'Perform rename' button is disabled after a simulation.
To perform an actual 'rename', you need to click on the 'Perform rename' button (see bottom right-hand button in the screenshot directly below).
This results in:
Now the changes are actually applied to the real files on your harddisk.