In this article, you will use LinkFixer Advanced to rename an image file and move it to a new server, directory or folder, without breaking any of the links in parent files that point to the image file.


Trial Note: In the trial version of LinkFixer Advanced, the Move/Rename function will process up to 500 links per day, and 5,000 links during the 21-day trial period


Tip: The “Rename” command can be used to move or rename parent files, links and child files whether or not they have been previously inoculated. As long as the links are healthy, you can use the “Move/Rename” command to move or rename links and files without breaking the links.You only need to use the “Inoculate” command before using the “Cure” command.


Let’s first take a quick look at a parent file that has a link to an image file.

  1. Open Windows Explorer.
  2. Navigate to the “XLS 97-2003” folder, in the “LinkFixer Advanced” folder on your desktop.
  3. Open the “XLS2003 Questions File.xls” file in Microsoft Excel program. You can see that it contains a link to the LinkFixer Advanced logo image file “LinkFixer Advanced.bmp” and that the image file is displayed at the top of the spreadsheet as shown below.
    Note: Using the LinkFixer Advanced “Move/Rename” command, you can rename or move parent files, links or child files, in batch, without breaking links! Compare this to renaming or moving files using Windows Explorer, or some other manual method, that can result in broken links.

  4. Close this Excel workbook, and minimize Windows Explorer.
  5. On the LinkFixer Advanced top ribbon menu, click on the {Move/Rename} button as shown below.
  6. The left-side panel shows the steps to move/rename files. In the right-side panel, the “Move/Rename Options” screen is shown with various processing options. For this lesson, leave the default settings for these options.
  7. Click the {Next} arrow button. The “Select Folders” screen appears. Here we will select the files that are to be renamed or moved.
  8. Ensure that the “XLS 97-2003” folder and the “XLS Moved” folder are selected.
  9. Click the {Next} arrow button. The “Filter Files” screen appears on the right. Select “Process all files in selected folders” option.
  10. Click the {Next} arrow button. The “Preview Files” screen appears, as shown below.
  11. Click the {Next} arrow button. The “Move and Rename Rules” screen appears. Here you can add new rules to rename the selected files.
  12. Click the {Add} button to create a new rename rule. The “Define Rename Rule” dialog box appears as shown below.
  13. Set the “Rename method” field to “Simple text substitution” and the “Component to modify” field to “Folder”, as shown above.
  14. In the “From” field, type in the folder name “Images”. This is the name of the existing subfolder containing the “LinkFixer Advanced.bmp” logo image file. In the “To” field, type in “MovedImages”. “MovedImages” is the name of the new subfolder that the “LinkFixer Advanced.bmp” file will be moved to. For the purposes of this lesson, type in “Images” and “MovedImages” exactly as shown below.
  15. Click {OK} to save and close the “Define Rename Rule” dialog box.
  16. Next we will add another rename rule that will rename “LinkFixer Advanced.bmp” to “LinkFixer.bmp”. Click the {Add} button to add a new rule. In the “Define Rename Rule” dialog box, change the “Component to modify” selection to “Basename”. Then, in the “From” field, type in “LinkFixer Advanced”, and in the “To” field type in “LinkFixer”. For the purposes of this lesson, type in “LinkFixer Advanced” and “LinkFixer” exactly as shown. The “Define Rename Rule” dialog box will appear as shown below.
    Note: These rename rules will be applied to all the links in all the files in the “Word 97-2003” directory.

  17. Click {OK} to save and close the “Define Rename Rule” dialog box.
  18. In the “Move and Rename Rules” window, you will now see the two rename rules that you just added, as shown below.
  19. Click the {Next} arrow button. The “Preview Files to be Moved/Renamed” screen appears. In the “Before” row, you will see a list of the selected files and their links as they currently exist. In the “After” row, you will see the changes that will be made to the files and links as defined by the rename rules. The parts that will be modified are highlighted in yellow text. (Notice that in the “After” row, “Images” has been replaced by “Moved Images” and “LinkFixer Advanced” has been replaced with “LinkFixer”.) These changes will be made when we actually run the rename process in next few steps.
  20. Click {Next} to go to the “Perform Move/Rename” screen.
  21. Click the {Run} button to perform the Move/Rename process according to the defined rules for the selected files.
  22. By default, the following warning dialog is shown when the “Clear database” checkbox is checked on the first “Move/Rename Options” navigation screen. Clicking the {Clear} button will clear all file and link data from the database before processing selected files. Clicking the {Don’t clear} button will close the dialog and allow you to go back and uncheck the “Clear database” option on the “Move Rename Options” screen. For this lesson, click the {Clear} button.
  23. When the processing is complete, the LinkFixer Advanced “Move/Rename Process Dashboard” window is displayed which shows the following “Status” pane. You have successfully completed the Move/Rename process for all selected files!
  24. Click on the {Process Summary} button on the top ribbon menu to open the “Move/Rename Report”. Notice that the report lists each parent file and its links, and how it shows which links were automatically modified to keep them functioning.
  25. After viewing your report, close the Report Viewer.
  26. Return to Windows Explorer. Open the “XLS2003 Questions File.xls” file and note that the LinkFixer Advanced logo still appears. This means that you have successfully moved and renamed the image file without breaking any of the links that point to the image file.
  27. Now, close Excel.