There are certain characters, which Microsoft Windows does not allow to be included in a folder or file name. Inverted commas, colons, slashes, exclamation marks and the “@” symbols are just a few examples of such characters. These can also be termed as “illegal” or “prohibited” characters. If you are trying to name your file or folder using one of such characters directly, Windows will definitely give you an error. You can use two ways to remove such invalid characters from the names of your files.
Method #1: Using Programming Languages
One of the two methods requires the use of computer programing languages such as Java, Python and C#. However, learning as well as mastering these languages requires a lot of time and dedication. As expected, people do not tend to choose this option and instead, look for alternatives that are less tiresome.
Method #2: Using a Software Application: “Easy File Renamer”
Although there are several programs that could be used to remove invalid characters from filenames, experts have found “Easy File Renamer” to be the most efficient one. This program is known to deliver the most accurate results. Here is how you could use this program:
a) Download the software application “Easy File Renamer” from the internet and run its installation set-up.
b) Reboot your computer system.
c) Once you launch the software application, you will see “Files” and “Folders” written on its interface. Under these sections, you will find options saying “Add Files” and “Add Folders” respectively. Choose the option according to your requirement.
d) Now, select all the files that you wish to rename. Select “Open.” After this, you will be able to see all the files on the program’s interface.
e) Although Easy File Renamer offers ten different renaming rules to select from, the most relevant one in this case is the “Remove Text” rule. This can be selected from the displayed dropdown box.
f) Navigate towards the Text Box and type in the character(s) that you wish to remove. Hit “Remove All” to remove the character(s) you listed.
g) Next, when you select the “Add Rule” option, this will confirm your rule choice. This rule will then be added to the empty space within the “Applied Rules” section. If you wish to apply more than one rule, you could repeat steps from e to g in order to do so.
h) Next, head towards the column “Item New Name.” Now, you will be able to see the filenames that will be changed once the renaming operation begins. Look at the bottom right corner of your screen. There, you will see a button saying “Rename.” Click on it and then choose “Yes” when the options pop up.
i) The renaming process will run smoothly. Now, you will successfully get rid of all invalid or prohibited characters that you wished to remove from your filenames.