Lightroom: Can't rename files on import

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For months now I have been unable to rename my files on import. I have read all the threads I could find and tried all the suggestions but it still doesn't work.

I am using the latest CC update April 2016 with CR2 and have tried with and without the second copy checked. The weird thing is that LR is renaming the files on import but to 'untitled + number' which is similar to how I had it set up before the problem started, I would just replace 'untitled' with the client's name. 

It's a real pain because I have to go through and batch rename the back ups and the files in lightroom otherwise I have thousands of images just labelled 'untitled'. How has this not been fixed yet?
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Emma

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Emma, I haven't seen any issues renaming files on import. It sounds like you are working from a renaming preset. Can you give us a screenshot of your File Renaming section of the Import dialog and a screen shot of your Filename Template Editor? 
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Emma

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Hi Rikk,

The whole File Renaming section has disappeared - whether or not I have the second copy box checked. But as you can see on the 'small' importer dialogue LR is renaming them, I just can't seem to change what it renames them to. I haven't deliberately changed anything, it happened after an update in late 2015.

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Right Click on the File Handling panel header and put a check mark next to File Renaming
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Emma

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AH! I wished I'd asked the question sooner. Thank you!
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Any Missing Panel can be restored anywhere in Lightroom by this method. Also, panels you don't or never need can be hidden this way to clean up your interface!
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Emma

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Just as I posted the pictures I realised I can now enter a 'shoot name' in the smaller version of the importer, which will provide a quick fix. I still don't know where the renaming box has gone on the larger import screen though.
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where the renaming box has gone
Place your cursor on the grey blank area of one of the visible headings- (File Handling or Apply during import)
Right-click the mouse,
Select to tick/check to show the other panels from the menu.
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Søren Dam Thomsen

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I see this is an old conversation, but I simply don't have this option when right-clicking - and all my files are renamed to "untitled".
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Perhaps you chose 'ADD' to the catalog? You cannot rename images if you choose to only add them to the catalog. You must move or copy them in order to rename them as well.