Editing tags of a whole folder directly in the list:
To do it, select the folder cell you want to edit and press F2 or double click it (there should be a short pause between the clicks). Press Enter after editing is over. The changed tag will be saved to all files in the folder and its subfolders.
Different tag frames can use different input elements. For example, to fill in track numbers automatically, you can use the corresponding button:
If the folder was closed (data from files in the folder are read only after it is opened), the new data can be entered only in the editing field instead of using the ComboBox:
After a folder is opened, the ComboBox with all the frame values of the files found in the folder will appear instead of the editing field. It is very useful because it enables you to use the current values without entering any new text:
Here is a simple example. Suppose the folder contains tracks of "Depeche Mode" and "Erasure". If the folder is not opened yet, only the editing field where you can manually enter a new value is available for the column with the “Artist” frame. After you press Enter, the folder will be opened and the new value will be put into the appropriate frame ("Artist") of each track in the folder including subfolders (they will be opened recursively):
Now, suppose the folder was opened beforehand. In this case if you try to edit the “Artist” frame in the folder, the ComboBox with three values will appear instead of the editing field: empty, "Depeche Mode" and "Erasure". Once you select a value and press the Enter key, the selected value will be saved to all files and subfolders in the current folder. The empty option is useful when you want to clear the frame:
This ComboBox always contains the actual values and its contents are updated after editing the tags of files in the folder and its subfolders.
In the view mode the contents of the field cell allow you to determine the current value of the frames from files in the folder:
- The cell is empty: either the folder has not been opened yet and its contents are unknown, or the folder contains no files of the specified format;
- The cell contains a certain value: all frames of the opened files contain one and the same value or the cell contains the generalized data for the opened folder (for fields containing service information such as track length, file size, etc.);
- The cell contains the shaded "[various]" text: the frames of the opened files have different contents;
- The cell contains the shaded "[auto fill]" text: a field for activating the button enabling you to fill in track numbers automatically.
Note: be careful when using this feature! The described feature of bulk tag editing works recursively and affects all files in the current folder and its subfolders, i.e. the tags of all files and folders in the specified folder, including those in subfolders, will be changed! Nevertheless, it turns out to be useful, say, when changing the "Comment" frame or filling in the track numbers for the entire collection at a time.
Note: service fields such as track length, file size, etc. as well as the "Title" frame of the folder itself are not available for editing. It is connected with protecting track titles from an accidental change in all files in the folder because tracks usually have different names. Nevertheless, bulk track title editing is possible using the Tags Editor.
Note: only the first lines of multiline frames such as "Comments" are displayed in the list. You can read the entire frame in the Tags Editor.
Editing using the tags editor:
The tags editor enables you to edit tags of one or several files simultaneously (you should first select them). When you change the value of any frame, to the right of the corresponding editing field there will appear a button with a diskette icon enabling you to save only the changed frame without saving the others. The "Save all" button enables you to save all the current information.
The "ID3v1 + ID3v2" caption in the upper left-hand corner means that the tags of both versions will be saved. You can change this option in the settings by opening the "MP3 Tags" tab or simply by clicking this caption.
The shaded "[various]" text means that the selected files have frames with different contents.
Button "Clear all" will help you clear all tags and button "Save all" will save all changed tags for selected files.
"Advanced" tab contains controls for editing advanced tags:
"OGG's Custom Tags" enables you to edit OGG's custom tags.
"Lirys" tab enables you to edit lyric for selected files:
"Picture" tab enables you to edit pictures for selected files:
You can work with several pictures. Just select any thumbnails and click on a button. Also, you can load a picture if you double click on any thumbnail.
The icons beside the filenames indicate the following states: