Now, let us turn our attention to file naming inside the Bridge. Something that the Bridge handles extremely well, you can of course rename your files at the Desktop level of your computer if you like. But being able to see the images and rename them and take advantage of the Bridge is wonderful tools is really an excellent thing. Let me show you.
I am going to switch to the thumbnails view here and I am going to make my images a little bigger. You do not have to switch to the thumbnail view in order to rename images. I am just doing that so that I can see more images at a time. And I am going to scroll up to the top of my list to this image right here which is this little station that holds the remote controls and allows the remote controls to make noise. Like the fire engine goes woo-woo, and stop and actually, it can also go honk-honk. It is amazing, I tell you.
And to rename this file, I am going to click on the filename and then click again. So in other words, do not double click because that could end up opening the image. Instead click, pause a couple of beats, click again. And that will activate that filename. So, this is one way to rename files. Note that this is the manual way, not the easiest way, it is not the best way either. Go ahead rename the file whatever you want, like I am going to call up my Beloved Station. And then either you can press the Tab key to advance to the next filename or just press the Enter key of the keypad in order to accept that modification to the filename. Now if you rename your file in such a way that it appears later in alphabetic order, it might actually move to a different location in the list.
It is nothing to worry about. That it is just the Bridges way of sorting the images. And of course, you can change the sort order if you want by going to the real menu choosing sort and choosing one of these other options. Sort by filename, by day created and so on and so on.
Anyway, I just want to hand rename this file just one file at a time. That is how you do it. What if however, you rather rename lots of files at once?
For example, I am going to the Edit Menu and I am going to choose Deselect All. In order to deselect all the files, hey, that is also command Shift day or Ctrl Shift day on the PC in order to deselect all the files.
With the files Deselected, I am going to rename all these files at once using this command, this wonderful, wonderful command under the tools menu call batch rename. Notice its keyboard shortcut, command Shift R so awesome, Control shift R in the PC. Either way, choosing the command or press in a shortcut brings up the batch rename dialog box right here.
Now let us say that we want to go ahead call all of these files Geotracks, followed by some numbers. You know, just sequential series of numbers followed by the extension, of course we have to keep that .jpg extension associated with these files. So that everybody knows Windows, Mac, it does not matter which knows where this files came from; very important to have those extensions.
So the first thing I am going to do, current filename just preserves the original filename as extension original case. In other words by default, this thing is set up this dialog box is set up to make no changes to the existing filename whatsoever. So I am not going to do anything if you click the rename button at this point.
So, if I want to change the filename, I am going to choose text from this very first option here. And then I type the text I want to enter. Now if want to add the serial number to this, I am going to come over to this little icon and click plus (+) in order to add another string of data. And I will go ahead and choose sequence number. So you could do letters or numbers whichever.
You can say well, I would like it to be let us say three digits long, and then you can specify exactly where that digits starts. Like I could say well, let us start the numbering at a 145 because I have already done a 144 of these things in the past. That actually would not be in an exaggeration. I probably taken more of pictures of t