Can't figure out how to batch rename files in Lightroom CC. Can anybody help?

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I am a Lightroom Classic user trying to learn how to use Lightroom CC and can't understand how to BATCH rename files. As in... change the name of the files wherever they are stored. I am trying to follow the instructions in this article - https://havecamerawilltravel.com/lightroom/how-to-batch-rename-photo-filenames-in-lightroom/ but my Lightroom CC desktop version's control panel looks completely different. The "file" field is greyed out on my desktop version. Btw, I'm also having trouble re-arranging images using the film strip. Something is wrong with the "grippy-ness" of the double click so I can highlight the file I want to move but cannot make the "black bar between images" appear. So I can't release it anywhere. Thanks for any help you can give me. I'm busy with work so I can't afford the time to switch to Lightroom CC but wanted to see if I can do perform some basic functions. So far, it's going badly. Thanks.
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For what it's worth, I'm normally good at figuring out new systems and following instructions. So far, my difficulties with Lightroom CC seem to be all about "there aren't any instructions provided by Adobe!". ((((( looking for alternatives now to Adobe's apps... any good user feedback on Affinity? )))))

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I've just caught sight of a "related conversation" in the bar to the right... "Lightroom: Can't undo batch rename. I accidentally renamed 1000 files and can't Undo" And the problem is not marked as "solved" even though it was posted 3 years ago. ((((( not feeling confident at all )))))

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Batch file renaming applies only to Lightroom Classic CC. Lightroom CC does not have this capability
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So poor if you want me to renew my subscription this needs to be added. Can't believe LR CC is such a step backwards from LR CC Classic.
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Thanks for the clarification, but this is unbelievable to me. Lightroom CC is looking more and more to me like Apple's "Photos"? It's sort of like a kind of "Lightroom Elements". I'm thanking God now that I backed up my Lightroom Classic and can use that instead of trying to use Lightroom CC for my work. Earlier this evening I thought I was mistaken, so to save time, I did the batch change of file names in Lightroom Classic, deleted the photos in Lightroom CC (!!!!), exported the renamed files to a folder marked "copies for Lightroom CC, and then added those to my Lightroom CC library. Now I've come back to the issue and have just been informed that, yeah, actually there isn't any way to rename files in batches in Lightroom CC. :D I wish this kind of information could have been highlighted more prominently in the sales info for Lightroom CC. The emphasis on great new Lightroom CC features is pretty much useless if basic functions from Lightroom Classic have quietly been dropped. :( But still, thanks.
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If you're looking for a more detailed feature comparison for existing Lightroom users, this might help: https://www.lightroomqueen.com/lightroom-cc-vs-classic-features/
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Here is my sincere suggestion to Adobe: Please consider renaming Lightroom CC as "Lightroom Elements". I think that would give at least some notice to people who use Lightroom Classic professionally.

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I would say that Lightroom CC is more like a good old-fashioned Betamax video player. As in, it can play and you can even adjust the screen colour etc and dub copies but you can't really use it to edit the tape (eg. splicing) or change the label on the individual tapes. :( I don't think my observation is unfair. I am using two other cloud-based systems -- Office 365 and iCloud's "Folders" -- and from using them I don't think it's unreasonable or rude for me to be shocked when the transition to "cloud-based" working on the Adobe Lightroom side is turning out to be so confusing. In the Year 2018, cloud computing has been around for long enough for consumers like me to have a reasonable expectation that something which is marketed as the "cloud-based" version of (what I think is an excellent) app to simply be... the cloud-based version of that app. But it's not. It's actually a lower class of the app. When I use the Office 365 apps such as Excel on my iPhone, my workflow is pretty much the same as when I use the desktop version. When I look for files on my "desktop" using iCloud's Folders, I pretty much am finding everything in the same way. Not the case for Lightroom. It is a profound change when you previously could have the original image files saved as a local copy by folder as an option but now -- in Lightroom CC -- everything can only be saved by date. All of the strengths of the desktop version of anything should be present and available in the Cloud-based version; if not, then call the Cloud-based version something else. And better to be upfront about the functional limitations of the "elements"/ "social" version (ie Lightroom CC) of what is effectively your "Pro" version (Lightroom Classic). No reply needed.
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I've just gone into the Adobe site to refresh my memory about how Lightroom Classic is marketed. Check out this description: "Desktop-only photo editing (does not include full-resolution photo backup)" To me (I'm also a writer) it definitely sounds like you are "pushing" Lightroom CC much harder, even to the extent of using language calculated to scare people into switching to Lightroom CC because -- by inference -- it supposedly WOULD include full-resolution photo back-up. Though of course, for somebody working with 10,000s and 100,000s of photos, it's actually natural and easy to set up a Lightroom Classic workflow where full-resolution backups are saved automatically anywhere you want (it's a catalogue-based system, after all...) and those backups could be by folder so you can easily audit your backups. Right now my Lightroom Classic workflow saves full-resolution image files in an external drive (my selection) and since I have 2TB of cloud storage with iCloud, I can also back everything up by ticking the option box for a second copy to be stored on my desktop, which is backed up to... iCloud. So in effect, Lightroom Classic does in fact pull off full-resolution photo backup for me. Granted, not everybody uses iCloud as well, but I imagine that Windows and Android users would have a well-established Cloud version too of the desktop version of whatever they are using. Please correct me if I'm wrong; my intention is not to sound insulting. I'm clarifying my own understanding of Lightroom CC and I believe the analysis is accurate.

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I know we had this conversation yesterday, but you're really not Lightroom CC's target audience, at least at this point in time. It's still a baby. It will grow over time, and it will gain many of the more advanced features you're looking for (so calling it Elements would limit its potential), but it is still a baby compared to Classic.

They are pushing CC marketing hard because even in its immature state, it is the best choice for most of the "next generation" of amateur photographers who are just starting to look for photography software. No more losing their photos, organization's done for them, photos are available on all of their devices without having to understand catalogs, easy to share to social media, no huge learning curve. There's a lot of LR Classic users out there who constantly get in a mess with Classic, and don't need its full power, so they'd be better off switching too. But for more advanced Lightroom users like yourself, who already have a solid photography workflow in place, and understand how to use the much more mature Lightroom Classic, then Classic remains the right choice.
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I dare to say that Apple Photos right now is a much better and mature choice with the ecosystem of apps working on top like VSCO, Affinity Photo, Polarr, DxO and many others. Stuff you do in other apps and save to the camera roll even ends up in a folder in Apple Photos cloud library like "VSCO Cam" or "Instagram". They also own both software AND hardware. You also get 2TB of storage for $10/month which is much more generous. For example: I saw that Premiere Rush CC (video editing in the cloud gets 100GB vs 1TB for Lightroom CC for the same monthly price, while video workflows require much more data.... I don't know what Adobe's thinking (or maybe I do!)

I am all for starting over and rebuilding products so they become fast and lean again, similar to what Apple did a few years back with Final Cut Pro (X). But just like Apple, Adobe also fails to clearly communicate with the user what its plans are and because the marketing is overpromising and underdelivering, lots of people end up disappointed and the overal sentiment around 'Adobe' as a company among creatives isn't exactly what I would call 'healthy and positive' right now. 

Clearly communicating a roadmap would go a long way in changing that relationship. Adobe keeps saying they are going to communicate better, but the only thing they seem to do is announcing shipping features... even Apple is less secretive. I hope they would show a future vision at MAX... nope, nada, nothing. Again just a shipping announcement.
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Thanks for taking the trouble to set things in their context for me. And thank you too for the article highlighting the difference. Btw, what is a "Lightroom 6 Perpetual Licence?" 

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Lightroom 6 was the version released in 2015, and a perpetual license is when you were able to buy Lightroom outright (as opposed to a subscription)
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Oh, thank you for this information. :)
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This is a huge issue for me too, I really want to be able to batch rename files and save them with the new name. 
I also agree with most of Sharon's' comments on this page. At least we still have Lightroom CC Classic, at least for now.