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How do I delete certain characters or replace certain characters with other characters by some batch file execution, for filenames of all files in a Windows folder in one go, is there a PowerShell command for that?

I've shown how to batch rename all the files and directories in the current directory that contain spaces by replacing them with _ underscores.

Dir | Rename-Item -NewName { $_.Name -replace "-", "_" }

Optionally, the Where-Object command can be used to filter out ineligible objects for the successive cmdlet (command-let). The following are some examples to illustrate the flexibility it can afford you:

To skip any document files

Dir |
Where-Object { $_.Name -notmatch "\.(doc|xls|ppt)x?$" } |
Rename-Item -NewName { $_.Name -replace " ","_" }

To process only directories (pre-3.0 version)

Dir |
Where-Object { $_.Mode -match "^d" } |
Rename-Item -NewName { $_.Name -replace " ","_" }

PowerShell v3.0 introduced new Dir flags. You can also use Dir -Directory there.

To skip any files already containing an underscore (or some other character)

Dir |
Where-Object { -not $_.Name.Contains("_") } |
Rename-Item -NewName { $_.Name -replace " ","_" }

Happy coding!

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