Lightroom Classic: File rename - replace part of the file name

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There are a lot of options to (re)name files in Lightroom Classic.
But I would love to be able to replace part of the filename if I made a mistake or want to add some info in the middel of the filename.

Say I have files named
Image fotoshoot a 001 Marco
Image fotoshoot a 002 Marco
Image fotoshoot a 005 Peter
Image fotoshoot a 009 Peter and Marco

If I want to replace "fotoshoot a" with "photoshoot A" I don't see an easy way to do it, other than go and change every file manually.
With just 4 photos in this shoot, that's not a big problem.
But with a larger number, it's not that easy
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As a go-around, there are file manager tools available for Macs and Windows to do that outside of Lightroom. True you will have to re-import them so a bit of a pain and the good ones aren't free. 
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Thanks, Bill.
Yes, I can do that with Total Commander which is pretty powerfull.
But I don't like to re-import.
At the moment, I'm working on scanned negatives that are converted in LrC using a plugin (Negative Lab Pro) and am still thinking of a good naming scheme for these images.
I haven't tried yet, but am "afraid" that re-importing them might mess some things up (of course I would also have to rename the XMP-sidecar files).

I will give it a try, though.

But would be nice if the filenaming was even more flexible in LrC.
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You could do this with a free utility called Lupus2000 - but why. Use keywords  and then filenames are irrelevant  https://rename.lupasfreeware.org/  

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Took a quick look.
My Total Commander can do much of this as well.

And yes, I do rely on keywords for a lot of what I do.
(See more on my workflow and the "why" in my comment below)
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While I almost exclusively rely on keywords, browsing my photos on the cloud from my phone is much easier if I can control the filenames. My Lightroom library is backed up to Google Cloud and filename is the only practical search mechanism. I also create Google Albums and folks like to see meaningful information for the photos, again only filenames offer a solution. 
 
Such as:
  • Denver Botanical Garden 2020
  • Fall Vacation 2015 
 
So for me, the Lightroom capabilities are fine. 
  
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Thank you for this thread - I'm also in favor of simple file name changes being available in LR.  I run into too many conflicts when importing, particularly as I use 3 different devices and my husband uses 2 others to capture family moments.  That results in many files having the name name (IMG0123 etc) and misdirected links upon import.  
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Then you're not managing your files properly 
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I just use Beardsworth's Search Replace Transfer plugin and put the result in some random, unused metadata field, then rename using that field. Works great. And since I have custom metadata (not saved in the file), this retains the linkage between the file and the metadata.
[Edit, Jeffrey's Bag of Goodies is perhaps even more powerful for this if you want to combine a bunch of metadata fields.]

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Thanks, I will check this out.
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The method's described here.
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You can avoid the problem by renaming on import. For example: 
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Thanks Alan for the links, will definitely check them out. 
 
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To clarify, I rely on keywords for most of what I do.
I just did an export of the keyword list and it shows over 6200 keywords (including synonyms) in use. A bunch of them are never exported, but just used for workflow reasons.
For that reason, I hardly use subfolders, because I don't feel I need them.

But I do like to sort by filename.
My naming scheme (on import) for my digital images from my D7200 for instance are:
{Date (YYYYMMDD)>>}_MKF13{Filename number suffix>>}

Although I don't need to add the 13 to the Filename number suffix, it's there to show me that the counter has already been to 9999 12 times.
If I use multiple cameras at a shoot, I will add hour&minute&second after the date.

But with the analog images now being digitalized, I don't want the date the digital image was created, but the real shooting date.
This forces them to show up earlier in my catalog.
So I renamed before importing and didn't (re)name on import.
But after a couple of sets, I decided I would like to change part of the naming.

I don't think I will need it that often, but just to be able to batch rename a set of images where I (feel I) need to part of the name, would be great.

Thanks for the suggestions so far and brainstorming with me.
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