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Why can't I edit mp3 tags in Explorer Properties?

  1. #11


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    Windows 8.1 Pro


    Click on the dialog when it appears on mouse hover, it should place the cursor.

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  2. #12


    Harrisonburg, Va.
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    Windows 8.1.1 Pro with Media Center


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  3. #13


    Posts : 191
    Windows 8.1 (Update 1) Pro 64 bit


    Quote Originally Posted by Edwin View Post
    Click on the dialog when it appears on mouse hover, it should place the cursor.

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    That's my problem, it just wouldn't place the cursor. It stays like a pointer no matter how many times I click on a tag.
    Question: What is the exact path of your music files? (is it in the Music Library or through C:/Users/username/Music)
    Also, do you have any codecs installed?
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  4. #14


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    Windows 8.0 x64


    If it works right after install and goes away later my money is on an update killing it.
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  5. #15


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    Windows 8.1 (Update 1) Pro 64 bit


    Quote Originally Posted by David Bailey View Post
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    Still not working, it wouldn't change in a typing cursor.

    I'm starting to think it has something to do with the checked Read-only option in Properties of the folder that contains the mp3's. It just wouldn't save the change if I uncheck that. Even if I create a new folder it automatically enables that option.

    Could someone who's able to edit the tags please take a screenshot of the General tab of the Properties dialog of the folder that contains the mp3's?
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  6. #16


    Posts : 143
    Windows 8.1


    Quote Originally Posted by JohnnyGui View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by David Bailey View Post
    I have 8.1 Pro WMC.
    Maybe that's why it works for me.
    I have Windows Pro 8.1 WMC as well and it didn't work for me either.

    @Rocky: Perhaps you can test this on your mp3's?

    @Cliff S and @Edwin: I thank you for the workarounds but the thing that's bothering me is why it doesn't work through the Explorer Properties. I should be able to edit these tags on there.

    I recall that it works for a while each time I reinstall Windows 8.1 but then stops without knowing what the exact reason is. Why is this happening?


    This option seemed to work fine for me when I tried it.
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  7. #17


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    Windows 8.1


    Quote Originally Posted by David Bailey View Post
    I made a video.
    View it full screen.



    This is not working in Windows 8.1 regular, although it might work for you in Windows 8.1 Pro.
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  8. #18


    Posts : 2,130
    Windows 8.0 x64


    Try looking in the Security Tab. Mine are set to let all listed users have full control. My read-only is not checked.

    If that's not it the only other clue might be yours is not English Language Windows. Sometimes, especially in Explorer code, old code is hard wired to use ASCII.
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  9. #19


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    Windows 8.1 (Update 1) Pro 64 bit


    Quote Originally Posted by MilesAhead View Post
    Try looking in the Security Tab. Mine are set to let all listed users have full control. My read-only is not checked.

    If that's not it the only other clue might be yours is not English Language Windows. Sometimes, especially in Explorer code, old code is hard wired to use ASCII.
    All the users have full control as well here and I'm the Administrator. If it's because of my language, why is it that it worked in the first place?
    Could you perhaps see in your case if the Read-only box is checked for the folder that contains the mp3's? The checkbox says that the Read-only only applies to files in the folder.
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  10. #20


    Harrisonburg, Va.
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    Windows 8.1.1 Pro with Media Center


    Maybe take ownership of the folder & or the mp3 files.

    Take Ownership - Add to Context Menu in Windows 8

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