Tips for Naming Files on Your Mac

When it comes to naming your files, there are many things to consider. The best file name is often a compromise.

Comments: 7 Responses to “Tips for Naming Files on Your Mac”

    Martin Webster
    7 months ago

    YYYY-MM-DD is a very good suggestion

    Chris
    7 months ago

    This is on topic, but it's a problem I've encountered with batch renaming folders using Shortcuts. I having been using an applet I created with Automator that creates a hierarchy of work folders and then renames specific ones. I've tried to rebuild this shortcut, however no matter what I've tried, I haven't managed to successfully integrate the batch renaming component. Does Shortcuts not offer a find and replace feature?

    Chris

    7 months ago

    Chris: A find and replace feature? Like do you mean find and replace text in text? Sure, it has that.

    Philip
    7 months ago

    Is there a keyboard shortcut for typing current date in ISO8601 format?

    7 months ago

    Philip: No, but you could use my ClipTools app to do that: https://macmost.com/cliptools

    Ricardo Leitao
    7 months ago

    Chris, not sure about shortcuts, but if you are OK running a script in R I can help u achieve that quickly. There you can set up complex regular expressions for your find and replace strategy.

    Jasper
    6 months ago

    Philipā€”you might be able to do this in Shortcuts/Automator. Have Run Shell Script 'date +%Y-%m-%d | pbcopy'. Then have the clipboard paste its contents. Apply a shortcut.

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