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    Save file as - seed name + auto-increment

    Is there anything Windows-wide which can intercept a file move or save operation, take/read a user-specified file name beginning, and add an auto-incrementing suffix which ideally is a specified number of digits? [assuming file extension wouldn't need to be handled]

    I get a flash drive of 5,700 songs from Fred, with all sorts of weird filenames, to transfer to my HD. I would like to end up with:
    FredSong~0001.ext
    FredSong~0002.ext
    FredSong~0003.ext
    ...
    FredSong~5699.ext
    FredSong~5700.ext

    If there isn't anything which works Windows-wide, is this possible for image save-as in browsers?--preferably IE 11, but we use all main browsers between us. We save lots of web images, and it would be nice to have recognizable and searchable filenames.
    NightCity-BackGround~01.jpg
    NightCity-BackGround~02.jpg
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    Quote Originally Posted by Lugh View Post
    Is there anything Windows-wide which can intercept a file move or save operation
    What I am about to suggest can't intercept file operations, but...
    Quote Originally Posted by Lugh View Post
    , take/read a user-specified file name beginning, and add an auto-incrementing suffix which ideally is a specified number of digits? [assuming file extension wouldn't need to be handled]
    I have used this program: http://www.1-4a.com/rename/ on numerous occasions. You can select a whole folder and choose your new names, it even handles sub-folders (I have never done that). I normally use it to replace parts of file names, but if you leave the 'replace this' part blank, and complete the 'with this' part with, say 'X$$$' (in advanced mode), you will get X001, X002 etc. There can't be much you can't achieve with the options on offer!

    And it's free! HTH, Martin

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    You can do the same thing with Windows File Explorer. Just select a group of files,right click on them all, and put the name FredSong~ for the first one, it will incrementally name and number the rest.

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    Thank you both, I should have thought of a simple renaming op after the fact. I can have the files downloaded / saved / moved to a folder with the relevant name, like \FredSong~\ or \NightCity-BackGround~\, and then rename all the files at leisure when the full lot has been collected.

    No need for real-time intervention.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Vincenzo View Post
    You can do the same thing with Windows File Explorer. Just select a group of files,right click on them all, and put the name FredSong~ for the first one, it will incrementally name and number the rest.
    I would have mentioned that (having tried it before my first reply), but (in XP at least) it puts the numbers in (parentheses) and doesn't add leading zeroes.

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    I use Directory Opus as my file manager, and it has a lovely Rename function which includes some preset scripts based on regex. One is to sequentially number files, with a few options, so it works a treat for my purpose. Thanks again for making me discover this
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