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How can I swap song title with artist in file names but keep the original sequence numbers at the start of my file names?

Your current files are named in the following format:

    01 - Song Title - Song Artist.mp3
    03 - Song Title - Song Artist.mp3
    12 - Song Title - Song Artist.mp3

You want to rename them to have the following format:

    01 - Song Artist - Song Title.mp3
    03 - Song Artist - Song Title.mp3
    12 - Song Artist - Song Title.mp3

That is, you wish to swap artist with title but preserve the initial numbers.

The following tutorial will show you how to do this. This tutorial assumes that your file names are formatted as above, with 2 numbers followed by " - Song Title - Song Artist.mp3"


Create a folder and copy your files to that folder. It is best to copy your files as if you work on the originals and the operation does not work as required, you may find that you cannot reverse changes that you may have already made. You can use the FileMonkey "Copy" feature to do this.


Navigate to the folder that your files are in using the main window of FileMonkey.

Target all files in that folder (note, you can target all files by right-clicking on the file list and selecting "Target all files" from the pop-up menu).


Open the rename feature (select the quick-find/rename menu item from the main window).


Set up the rename feature as shown in Fig 1 below:

Fig 1

Swap Artist Title Keep Numbers


Run the operation. This will set the number sequence as the extension.

Next, use the trim feature (select the quick-find/trim menu item from the main window) to trim the first 5 characters of the file names. See Fig 2 below:

Fig 2

Trim First Five Characters


Next, use the rename feature again to put the numbers back at the start and to swap the artist with title (see Fig 3 below):
Fig 3

Swap Names And Re Number

Related Topics:
FileMonkey Tutorials
Frequently Asked Questions
Renaming files using Rename
Renaming files using Search And Replace
Renaming Files By Case
Using Rename to change file extensions
What does the sequencer do?

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