MRT: Multirenamen-Tool: Transpose and Rename FOLDERS

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MRT: Multirenamen-Tool: Transpose and Rename FOLDERS

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Dear Internet:

I have a bunch of folders that are named:

GENERIC NAME (MM-DD-YYYY)

Trouble is, they weren't modified in chronological order, so you can't Sort by Date and put them in order. And because it's month first, when you sort by name, you get
GENERIC NAME (02-01-2017)
GENERIC NAME (02-01-2018)
GENERIC NAME (02-01-2019)
GENERIC NAME (02-02-2017)
etc.

So, What I'd LIKE to do, is rename the folder to:
YY-MM-DD GENERIC NAME

I know there's a way (I can't find it, though) to do something like that with files, but how to please with folders?

Thanks in advance!

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MRT: swap timestamp folder name / date MM-DD-YYYY > YY-MM-DD

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FROM:
GENERIC NAME (MM-DD-YYYY)
GENERIC NAME (12-31-1999)

TO:
YY-MM-DD GENERIC NAME
99-12-31 GENERIC NAME

DO:
-select your folders
-press Ctrl+M to open Multirenamen Tool
-Search: (.+)\s\((\d\d)-(\d\d)-\d\d(\d\d)\)
-Replace: $4-$2-$3 $1
☑RegEx




HTH? :D
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Re: Transpose and Rename FOLDERS

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Thanks. Away from my external HD right now, will try in a bit.

But if you have a second, explain the process there? (I'm always hesitant to just experiment with Multi Rename to "figure things out")
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Re: Transpose and Rename FOLDERS

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Alonzo Mosley wrote:
2019-07-10, 22:29 UTC
explain the process

I use Regular expressions to match wanted signs,
group the match in (...) capture groups (counted and named from left $1,$2,..)
and re-order that matches in the replacement.


FROM:
GENERIC NAME (MM-DD-YYYY)
TO:
YY-MM-DD GENERIC NAME
-Search: (.+)\s\((\d\d)-(\d\d)-\d\d(\d\d)\)
-Replace: $4-$2-$3 $1
☑RegEx

Pattern(.+)\s\((\d\d)-(\d\d)-\d\d(\d\d)\)
MatchEvery thing tilla spaceliteral open brackettwo digitshyphentwo digitshyphentwo digitstwo digitsclose bracket
FindGENERIC NAME   (MM-DD-yyYY)
Store as$1$2$3$4


Replace by $4-$2-$3 $1
YY-MM-DD GENERIC NAME



More info at:
- Ctrl+M
- F1
- Scroll to line with "RegEx Now supports"
- and click at "regular expressions"


Or just ask.

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Re: Transpose and Rename FOLDERS

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Alonzo Mosley wrote:
2019-07-10, 22:29 UTC
(I'm always hesitant to just experiment with Multi Rename to "figure things out")
Why? That's what the column "New name" is for - it gives a preview of what the names will look like when you hit "Start".

Also, it should be easy to rename copies of the real files first, so if anything goes wrong, you can start from scratch.

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Re: Transpose and Rename FOLDERS

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1) You can select the folders first to be sure that the rename only is done for those folders or relocate the files temporary to a safe place.
2) Make in a temporary folder (a few ) empty folders with the same name and try it. And copy them before to another temporary location so you can easily repeat your action by copying the second set to the first set. Actions of rename are remembered by the rename tool.
3) You can always recall a rename action.
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Re: Transpose and Rename FOLDERS

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Stefan2 wrote:
2019-07-11, 07:09 UTC
HTH? :D
Every time I try to figure out how to do something in MRT, I give up Googling after four or five hits and come back to this post.

So, yeah, your HTH - you H'ed correctly, it definitely H'ed.

One more question - How do I "combine" RefEx with other stuff? In other words, I have files that are titled "B01 - File Name", "B02 - Different File Name", etc. etc.

Do I have to eliminate the "B" in a non-RegEx rename, and then "(/d/d)" in a RegEx rename, and then the " - " in another non-RegEx?
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Re: MRT: Multirenamen-Tool: Transpose and Rename FOLDERS

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Do you only want to eliminate the first character when it is a "B", or do you generally want to eliminitate the first character regardless of it being a B?

If you want to eliminate the first character no matter whether it is B or another character: In the file name field, use [N2-]
(you can use this also in conjunction with some Search & Replacement)


To replace the first character only when it is a B, use regex search & replacement like:
Search: ^B?(.+)
Replace: $1

(you can substitute the "(.+)" with any other regex term and an according Replace term if you want to replace/eliminate more than just the starting "B")

If you struggle with regex syntax, just google for "regex tutorial" or "regular expression tutorial". You _will_ get search results with a number of different regex tutorials. Choose one or a few that you feel most comfortable with and is easy for you to follow. If you don't like one particular tutorial you started with, don't hesitate jumping ship and follow another tutorial instead... ;)
(My suggestions is always https://www.regular-expressions.info/tutorial.html, but that's just because i am lazy. Note that this particular tutorial also covers advanced regex features not supported by TC. Anyway, if you happen to find it sucky, as i said, don't hesitate and use another tutorial instead.)
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Re: MRT: Multirenamen-Tool: Transpose and Rename FOLDERS

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Yes, it's specifically a "B".

I have "B01-01-Master File Name", "B01-02-Master File Name", "B01-0n-Master File Name", up to and including "B12-01-Twelfth Master Name". So I think I know once I get rid of all of the "Bxx" how to take care of stuff. We'll see!

And I do struggle with *all* syntax. Not just RegEx.

Thanks!
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Re: MRT: Multirenamen-Tool: Transpose and Rename FOLDERS

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As a side note: If you find defining the search and replacement patterns too difficult, and you feel more like a text editor warrior, you might perhaps prefer doing some file name editing in the text editor of your choice.

To do so, click on the button underneath the "?" button (screenshot to make it easier for you to locate the button: https://imgur.com/a/IGWxmFn) and select "Edit names..." from the menu.
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Re: MRT: Multirenamen-Tool: Transpose and Rename FOLDERS

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Oh that looks dangerous.
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