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A Quick Way to Rename Multiple Regions

To rename a region, select the region and press Shift-Apple-R. This shortcut by itself doesn’t save a ton of time, because you can also just double click on the region to bring up the rename dialog. However, when renaming a large group of regions, such as a group of splits for a song / spot / movie, if you select all the regions and press Shift-Apple-R, Pro Tools will automatically cycle to the next region after you rename one. The order in which the regions will cycle follows the sorting in the region bin. This workflow has the potential to save you a lot of time if you regularly name groups of regions. Happy Renaming!!

5 Responses to “A Quick Way to Rename Multiple Regions”

  1. Charlie says:

    Super post, Need to mark it on Digg


  2. Powlow says:

    Hi, great little tip. Instantly useful.
    Many thanks!

  3. BrennyC says:


    helped me a lot..!!
    Thanks and regards..!!

  4. Jose Antonio says:

    when I rename a pasted region (highlighted a piece of a drum loop and copied and pasted in another location on another track), it renames the original one too and vise versa. any ideas how I can rename without having the original renamed also? I Name the drum loop pieces to mark the beginning of Intro, V1, Chorus1, V2 Chorus2, Bridge, etc.

  5. Nathan says:

    One thing I found very useful when renaming some ADR with upwards of 30-40 takes.

    Start by making sure all your clips are on one track. Then name the track something similar to what you want the regions named to. Example ” Episode_01_Line_22_Take_”

    Leave the spot after “Take_” Blank.

    Now Duplicate the track, this will be good for reference. On the original track highlight everything and consolidate it into a single region. Now use strip silence on that same consolidated region. Using the duplicated track as reference you can make sure your not accidentally cutting your takes in 2 or making them too short or two long. When you have the Strip adequately measure hit that button to actually perform the stripping.

    Once you’ve stripped the silence all the regions will be renamed to have numbers at the end and will look something like this


    Like I said, this if useful if you have a large amount to rename. If you only have 3-4 regions don’t bother. If you have 40 this can be a life saver.


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