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Areas Of The ID3 Tagging Window

The main window of mp3Tag Pro has several clearly recognizable areas. Let's take a look at them:

Areas of mp3Tag Pro

Menu Bar

A the top of the window, there is the main menu (1):

The main menu of the ID3 tagger

It contains some important controls. In the "File" menu, you can select an interface language, open the "Options" window to configure the tag editor, save tag changes for the currently selected file(s), access various tagging methods.

In the "ID3-tags" menu, you can control which versions of ID3 (ID3v1 / ID3v2) should be read and saved, and whether to save tags in Unicode.

The "View" menu allows showing and hiding various areas. Additionally, here you can enable and disable showing different audio formats. For example, if you disable FLAC here, no .flac files will be shown in the main area.

The "Bookmarks" menu provides you with quick access to your music folders. You can add a folder to bookmarks and then use the "Bookmarks" menu or a hotkey combination to open it without browsing your entire directory tree.

The "Help" menu contains helpful links and information about the program. Here you can also enter or re-enter your registration data, if necessary.

Toolbar

Just below the menu bar, you can see the toolbar of the program (2):

The toolbar of the tag editor

Here you can apply various case conversion rules, play supported audio files, filter the file list, start downloading lyrics and cover art for the selected files, save changes.

Folders

The "Folders" area (3) is similar to the same area in Windows Explorer. Here, all folders on your computer are represented as a tree. You can click a folder to select it or click the arrow on the left to expand the tree, showing nested folders.

Folders in mp3Tag Pro

Contents of the selected folder is displayed in the main area.

You can close the area by clicking the 'x' in the upper right corner, or by selecting "View" - "Show folder tree". If the area is not displayed, select "View" - "Show folder tree" to enable it.

Files

The main area (4) shows files and folders from the currently selected folder.

Audio files in the tag editor

The "Folder" field at the top shows the complete path to the currently selected folder. You can enter a path manually. There are also several other methods:

  • Find and click a folder in the "Folders" area.
  • Click the folder icon next to the "Folder" field to open a "Browse for folder" dialog.
  • Double-click the ".." item in the file list to go to the parent folder. Alternatively, you can use the icon with the arrow up next to the "Folder" field.
  • Double-click a nested folder displayed in the file list to open its contents.

There are two more buttons in the upper right corner of the area:

  • The folder with the magnifying glass enables scanning subfolders (nested folders), which allows processing files from several folders at once.
  • The green checkmark button selects all audio files from the list.

The main area cannot be hidden. Optionally, it displays information from tags, which can be edited directly in the list. Just click the corresponding field and make necessary corrections.

In the main area, you can click a file to select it. Use Shift + click to select a group of files. Ctrl + click will add the corresponding file to your selection, or remove it from your selection, if it was already selected.

Cover Art

The cover art area (5) shows pictures that are stored in the currently selected audio file.

Pictures from the audio file

In the title of the area, the index number of the current picture in the file is displayed, along with the total number of pictures in the file. For example, 2/5 would mean 2nd picture with the total of 5.

Additionally, resolution and size of the displayed picture are shown.

Below the title, there is a small toolbar. Using buttons on this toolbar, you can insert a picture from a file, save the currently displayed picture to a file, delete the picture, switch between pictures stored in the currently selected audio file. Additionally, you can add a description or edit the existing one.

To close the area, click the 'x' in the upper right corner of the area, or select "View" - "Show pictures". If this area is not displayed, you can enable it by selecting "View" - "Show pictures" (or pressing Ctrl + P).

ID3 Tags

The "ID3 tags" area (6) shows contents of tag fields for the currently selected audio files.

ID3 tags

Here, you can edit tags for all selected files manually. It is possible to edit tags of multiple files, even if the files are in different formats.

The "ID3 tags" area has its own toolbar. By default, there are 3 buttons: Rename files, Generate tags, Export / Playlists. In the "Options" menu, you can enable showing the "Save tags" button on this toolbar.

The "Generate tags" button has an arrow. You can click it to display all available options:

Generate tags

The "ID3 tags" area cannot be hidden.

Lyrics

The lyrics area (7) contains the song's lyrics.

Lyrics of the song

You can copy and paste lyrics into this area, edit the existing lyrics directly in the area, or clear the area to remove lyrics.

This area contains its own small toolbar. Buttons on the toolbar allow inserting lyrics from a text file, saving lyrics to a file, copying and cutting to the clipboard, pasting from the clipboard. Additionally, you can adjust font size.

To close the lyrics area, click the 'x' in its title, or select "View" - "Show lyrics". If the area is not visible, select "View" - "Show lyrics" to enable it, or press Ctrl + L.

Music Info

The music info area is hidden by default. It shows some basic parameters of the selected audio file:

Music info

You can enable showing the area by selecting "View" - "Show music info" or pressing Ctrl + i.

Rearranging The Areas

All areas that have a title bar ("Folders", "ID3 tags", "Cover art", "Lyrics", "Music info") can be moved to a different location within the main window. Just point the mouse cursor to the title of the corresponding area, press the left button and drag the area. The area will undock itself from the main window and will appear as a separate window. When you move it to a suitable location, it will reattach itself to the main window.

Most areas can be enabled or disabled in the "View" menu.

If you'd like to restore the original layout and settings, you can simply uninstall and reinstall mp3Tag Pro.

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