Deleting a Common Element from Multiple Files

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  1. Posts : 3
    Windows 7 Professional x64
       #1

    Deleting a Common Element from Multiple Files


    Hello,

    I would like to delete a common element from a bunch of files in Windows 7, is there a way to that at all?

    For example, I have 100 video files and the names of all of them contain "on Youtube" at the end...I would like to get rid of them without actually renaming the files. Also, those files contain some commas and other symbols. I would like to know if Windows in generally as flexible as Excel if you know what I mean. This problem in Excel would have been a piece of cake with a couple of formulas. As for Windows I do not know, but seems to be a challenge at the moment.

    In general, I am looking to organize these files by Date, Name, and Topic, and if there is no way to do this task quicker it looks like I am going to have one messy library. Please share your thoughts.

    Thanks for help.
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  2. Posts : 177
    Win 7 Ult 64-bit
       #2

    For batch renaming and editing multiple files I use xnView . It has more options than the windows explorer.
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  3. Posts : 7,384
    Windows 7 ultimate x64
       #3

    hope this helps.

    File bathc rename
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  4. Posts : 12,120
    Win 7 Pro x64 / Win 10 Pro
       #4

    Welcome to the Seven Forums

    Bulk Renamed Utility would be the way to go Download - Bulk Rename Utility

    Jerry
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  5. Posts : 3
    Windows 7 Professional x64
    Thread Starter
       #5

    BisVal said:
    For batch renaming and editing multiple files I use xnView . It has more options than the windows explorer.
    Thanks for responses guys, it does not look it will help me achieve what I am asking for. I do not want to rename files, I would like to switch one common element to all files - file names in general should remain the same, except for their structure. In excel, you would do something like this with Find and Replace (from the above example): Find "on Youtube" and Replace with "" (nothing), it would be done. How do I do the same in Windows? Please read carefully what I am asking for.

    If I misunderstood your response please tell me exactly where.

    Thanks in advance.
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  6. Posts : 7,384
    Windows 7 ultimate x64
       #6

    Download "Name It Your Way".


    It's free. It's a renaming utility that does exactly what you need. It can rename a thousand files in a few seconds.
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  7. Posts : 12,120
    Win 7 Pro x64 / Win 10 Pro
       #7

    With Bulk Renamed Utility you can remove "on Youtube" and Replace with "" (nothing).

    Jerry
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  8. Posts : 4,048
    W7 Ultimate SP1, LM19.2 MATE, W10 Home 1703, W10 Pro 1703 VM, #All 64 bit
       #8

    FreeCommander and MultiCommander


    FreeCommander and MultiCommander also have mass renaming tools with "Find and Replace".

    FreeCommander's tool
    Deleting a Common Element from Multiple Files-mass-rename.png
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  9. Posts : 5,092
    Windows 7 32 bit
       #9

    The Linux "find" command is built to do this type of thing. There are ports of it for Windows. Most likely you would need to use a bash shell (command prompt) because too many Linux patterns would not work in an ordinary Windows command prompt.

    One of the most powerful features of the 'find' command is the ability to execute a command on the results. So every item that had "youtube" could be the subject of any command invoked by the exec parameter. Meaning you could invoke any program on the system on the resulting item(s), that you have privilege to use. Very, very powerful.

    edit: see example
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  10. Posts : 3
    Windows 7 Professional x64
    Thread Starter
       #10

    Thanks a lot for your responses guys! It looks like I need to dig deeper into the options provided, but all of them are definitely helpful, I just need to learn which one helps best. One thing is clear, playing with the system is not as easy as playing with Excel...
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