Reposition dates in a random filename

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#1 : 23/11-20 07:33
Chad
Chad
Posts: 2
I am trying to rename family photos and all of the names are completely random. I managed to rename the dates in the file names so they follow the patterns: "(yyyy-mm-dd)_" and "(yyyy-mm)_" respectively. The date patterns are scattered in random positions in my filenames and I want to move them to the front of my filenames. I think I can define my date patterns as "(*)_" , but I'm not sure how to move it. Is this possible?


23/11-20 07:33
#2 : 23/11-20 12:00
David Lee
David Lee
Posts: 600
See the User Guide:
www.advancedrenamer.com/user_guide/regular_expresions

Parentheses have special meanings in regular expressions so will need to be "escaped" in order to represent themselves - ie \( and \(.

Use parentheses to capture the prefix and date strings and reverse the order:

Replace: ^(.*)(\(.*\)_)
With: \2\1



23/11-20 12:00 - edited 23/11-20 23:06
#3 : 05/12-20 07:41
Chad
Chad
Posts: 2
Reply to #2:
Thank you so much for the reply!! I really appreciate the explantation, your solution worked great and helped me figure out a few other tricks. I don't think I would have figured out how to escape the parentheses without going in circles for a few hours. Lol.


05/12-20 07:41