Thanks for the clarification. I do have several use cases under consideration:
- Bulk renaming of files so that the renaming tool or another utility can move them into proper folders
- Auto-renaming and moving downloaded files
- Global search
I use Windows 10, along with a handful of tools to easily locate, store and rename files. I blame them them for my current mess, LOL. However, they also can be used to fix things.
Bulk Rename Utility, from bulkrenameutility.co.uk will help with the initial categorization of files. I can move files with BRU or leave them where they are.
File Juggler, from filejuggler.com, will scan a folder, such as Downloads, and act on targeted files.
Everything, from voidtools.com can help me find files, but only if I know part of the name (searching by file content is supported, but slow.) This is particularly helpful when I decide to leave renamed files in the current locations (Dropbox, external hard drive, etc.)
While I agree that it would be onerous to rename every file, I can at least get everything organized with prefixes. Going forward, I may find no need to continue adding prefixes. (I could even run BRU afterward and remove all prefixes from files that have been moved into JD folders.)