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How do you deal with the colons while renaming PDF files?

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If a content tag contains a colon, the pdf file can not be renamed successfully. How to solve this problem?


If you encounter colon problem while using A-PDF Rename (free download here), please follow the below instructions to fix:

  1. Add PDF Documents: select "File->Add PDF Document" to add files to the list;
  2. Click "Advanced" in "Rename Method" panel, and input script as below:
    title:= AnsiReplaceStr(title, ':', '_');
    newFilename :=title;
    Take below image as reference:

    a-pdf rename ignore colons

  3. Click "Preview" or "Rename" icon, you will get all PDF files renamed with your defined new name pattern.

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