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I want to be able to rename any file or folder with the current date, so I added the following key value to the registry, to get this option to show up in the right-click context menu:


Cmd.exe /c ren %1 "sample".*

However, I couldn't find how to perform this with the current date. Can anyone help?

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Do you mean you don't know how to retrieve the current date? If so, then the command to do that in Windows is date /t – Indrek Mar 27 '14 at 7:10
Cmd.exe /c ren %1 date /t or date.* these are not working – Mgnfcnt Mar 27 '14 at 7:14
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To get the current date in the Windows command prompt, use the following:

date /t

To rename a file with the current date, you'll need to use the for construct to capture the output of the date command and pass it to ren:

for /f "useback delims=" %x in (`date /t`) do ren %x

Note, however, that the output of date can, depending on your regional settings, contain symbols that cannot be used in a filename, for instance the slash (/). If so, you have two options:

  • Format the date such that it is suitable for use in a filename; see this post at Stack Overflow.

  • Use PowerShell instead. The following should do the trick:

    Rename-Item (Get-Date -Format yyyy-MM-dd)

    That example uses the ISO date format. See Formatting Dates and Times for more information.

To add a new context menu entry to all files, do the following:

  1. Open regedit.exe and navigate to HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\*\shell

  2. Add a new key and set its name to whatever you want the menu item to be called

  3. Add a new key under that, with the name command

  4. Double-click the (Default) value under the command key and set its value as follows:

    • if using the regular command prompt (note the double percentage signs):

      cmd /c for /f "useback delims=" %%x in (`date /t`) do ren "%1" %%x
    • if using PowerShell:

      cmd /c powershell Rename-Item "%1" (Get-Date -Format yyyy-MM-dd)
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this is not working. when clicked it opens "OPEN FILE WITH" – Mgnfcnt Mar 27 '14 at 7:27
@Mgnfcnt Please see updated post. I tested both the cmd.exe and PowerShell versions, and both work fine. – Indrek Mar 27 '14 at 8:20
sorry but none of them is working. i am using Windows 7 X64 – Mgnfcnt Mar 27 '14 at 9:17
I tested with Windows 8.1. Looks like you can't invoke PowerShell directly in Windows 7, so I've amended that command slightly (added cmd /c in front). After that, though, both worked just fine for me in Windows 7 as well. Are you sure you're creating the registry key correctly? Right-click on HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\*\shell, select Export, save it to a file and post the contents of the file (either edit them into your question, or use a site like – Indrek Mar 27 '14 at 9:34 – Mgnfcnt Mar 27 '14 at 9:47

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