File Renaming Help

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by MatthewConnelly, Jul 14, 2007.

  1. MatthewConnelly macrumors regular

    MatthewConnelly

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    Location:
    Manchester, UK
    #1
    I just have a small question, might seem a bit stupid but I can't figure it out!

    Say I have a file on my desktop called photo1.jpg and a file in my Pictures folder called photo1.jpg (both different images.) I want to copy photo1.jpg from my desktop to my Pictures folder without overwriting the one already in there. Is there a way that Finder can automatically rename the one I am moving from my desktop to something like photo1(1).jpg or somethig like that?

    At the minute I just get "Stop" or "Replace" and I don't want either!
     
  2. theheyes macrumors regular

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    #2
    Hey a fellow Mancunian.

    Are you moving a lot of files? If so, I would create an Automator script. Open automator and build a flow using:

    1. Get Specified Finder Items
    2. Copy Finder Items
    3. Rename Finder Items
    4. Move Finder Items

    Point 1. to the files you want to copy. 2. will be a temp folder e.g. desktop. 3. will rename the files by appending them with the data you specify. 4. will move the files to your new folder.

    I'm not sure if there is a shortcut if youre just moving individual files.
     
  3. MatthewConnelly thread starter macrumors regular

    MatthewConnelly

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    Location:
    Manchester, UK
    #3
    Worked a treat, didn't even know about Automator! I just changed it slightly, removed the 2nd step so it just renamed them then moved them. Cheers for the help.
     

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