Windows 10 allows you to rename multiple files or folders with just a few clicks



Does your Pictures folder look like this?


Pictures with names that don't mean a lot to you





Instead of having Pictures or Folders or Documents called 1583022295042.acde265e-..... you can rename them to Xmas2020 (1) - My 21st (2)- Our Dog Rex (21) - and so on...........

In Windows 10 you can rename multiple files all in one go


1 / Go to the folder with the files in you want to rename

(example: go to a folder in your Picutres folder)


2 / Click Select all

3 / Click Rename


4 / You will notice one of the files ready for you to start typing a new name

5 / Type the name you wish to rename "All" of the files (Example: 1583022295042.acde2657-2357-..... to Bearing head - Pencarrow)

6 / Press Enter on your keyboard






7 / You may see a renaming progress screen








8 / Once the renaming is complete you will notice your files are now renamed

9 / Your files will be named (1) - (2) - (3) and so on






We all know we should be backing up our computers. Losing years worth of pictures and documents or even emails not to mention years worth of family history and genealogy research can be devastating,


It only takes about $100.00 to buy an external hard drive and a few clicks to configure a full Windows back up or at least Windows 10 File History.



Windows 10 offers 2 back up options (*). File History and Backup & Restore.

File History takes a regular backup (hourly by default) of your desktop, documents, music, photos and videos and other files contained in your user folder.

Backup and Restore allows you to backup the the computers entire drives as well as files in your user folders.


There are advantages and disadvantages to each.

Put simply,

File History backs up only your user files, it does this hourly and is quick.

Back up & Restore backs up your entire computer, data and programs, typically performed once per week and takes more time.


For most people we recommend the Back up & Restore option.


How to set up Back up & Restore


How to set up File History



* One Drive and other cloud options can be used to back up files but have a limited amount of storage

File History takes a regular backup (hourly by default) of your desktop, documents, music, photos and videos and other files contained in your user folder.


To Set up File History

You are going to need an external USB hard drive for this. Depending on the amount of data you have on your computer this is likely to be a one or two terabyte drive


1 . Connect your external hard drive

2 . Rename your drive (see below for details)

3 . In the search box type backup

4 . Click Backup settings










5 . Under Backup using File History, select Add drive

6 . On the pop up menu click your external hard drive



7 . File history is now turned on

8 . Select More options to adjust the File history settings,


You can adjust the frequency of your back up

The time to keep your files

Add and remove required folders

You might find it helpful to rename your external hard drive to something like Backup, Backup2020, My backup.

See our post Rename a USB Stick or Hard drive