File Attribute Changer is a lightweight and portable tool designed to help you not only modify the attributes of a file, but also to rename multiple files in bulk and to alter timestamps. It comes loaded with a handy set of filters that you should easily figure out.
No installation necessary
Since there is no setup pack involved, you can drop the program files in a custom part of the hard drive and just click the executable to launch File Attribute Changer. Otherwise, you can move it to a pen drive or other removable storage unit to directly run the app on any computer without having to install anything. Plus, unlike most installers, it doesn’t contribute to the Windows registry with new entries, so it doesn’t increase the risk of OS stability issues.
User-friendly interface with multiple filters
The GUI consists of a large window split into several parts for viewing the current and new file names, conducting search operations, managing a task list, and viewing file information.
For example, you can point out a directory, view a complete list with containing files, and select one to view general data pertaining to the date and time of creation, last modification or access, along with the current attributes.
Rename files in bulk, modify timestamps and attributes
In order to batch rename files, you can specify the exact string of characters to replace with something else, as well as use numbers to replace symbols after specifying the starting position.
Modifying timestamps is just as easily done. File Attribute Changer lets you select the date type and change it into something else, as well as apply this modifications to multiple files simultaneously.
When it comes to file attributes, you can label items as an archive, hidden, read-only, system type, index, compress type, or encrypted. An important aspect worth keeping in mind is that tasks are not automatically carried out, but added to a pending queue instead. Therefore, you can review task properties and cancel them if you change your mind. Plus, the task list can be saved to file and imported later.
Evaluation and conclusion
No error dialogs popped up in our tests, and the program did not hang or crash. It has a good response time and demands low CPU and RAM. Tasks are carried out quickly, regardless of their type.
All in all, File Attribute Changer integrates a powerful set of features for helping you batch rename files and change their attributes or timestamps. It may not seem very intuitive at first, but it’s easy to use once you get accustomed to it.
File Attribute Changer is a handy application that was designed to help users rename several files at once, in a straightforward manner.
The program works by using regular expressions and is able to replace ‘#’ symbols with numbers. You can also create and manage several tasks in the main window of File Attribute Changer.