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

  1. #1


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

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


    Hey all,

    Usually, I am able to edit the tags shown on the Details tab in the Properties dialog of an mp3 file like shown here:
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    Now, I'm not able to do this anymore for any mp3 file. When hovering over the tags the cursor doesn't change into a typing cursor. The read-only checkbox for every mp3 file is disabled. However, the folders that contain the concerning mp3 files are checked as read-only but it doesn't save the change when I uncheck that.

    How can I fix this without downloading any third-party software? This used to work shortly after I installed Windows 8.1 x64.
    I use WMP for playing the files.

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  2. #2


    Posts : 2,130
    Windows 8.0 x64


    If you didn't install any software that would set itself as default for .mp3 then I would suspect a Windows Update. If that is so I have no idea which one. I stuck with Windows 8.0.

    Edit: Just out of curiosity I opened the details page of an .mp3 and I could edit it just as you specified.
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  3. #3


    Posts : 143
    Windows 8.1


    I just tried it on my 8.1 system and I am unable to do it. I was not aware of this until now.
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  4. #4


    Posts : 143
    Windows 8.1


    Of course I must be perfectly honest and say that I have never tried this in Windows 7 or Windows 8. I have about 70,000 songs on my computer, but only 8 of them are MP3s.
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    Bamberg Germany
    Posts : 2,290
    Windows 10 Pro 64 bit


    @Johnny
    I just found this at MajorGeeks: AudioShell 2 is a freeware MS Windows Explorer shell extension plugin which allows you to view and edit music files id3 tag directly in Windows Explorer. AudioShell supports MP3 (all ID3v2 tag versions), WMA, ASF, WMV, Apple iTunes AAC (M4A and M4P), MP4, OGG, FLAC (vorbis comment tags), MPC, MP+, monkey's audio, WAV pack, optim frog (APE and APEv2 tags) and DSF. AudioShell features include full Unicode, Windows Vista/7/8 and 32/64 bit support.
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  6. #6


    Harrisonburg, Va.
    Posts : 10,488
    Windows 8.1.1 Pro with Media Center


    I just clicked on Title & other properties too & moved the cursor to the right until a textarea appeared.

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  7. #7


    Posts : 143
    Windows 8.1


    Quote Originally Posted by David Bailey View Post
    I just clicked on Title & other properties too & moved the cursor to the right until a textarea appeared.

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    That didn't seem to work with Windows 8.1 for me.
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  8. #8


    Posts : 1,720
    Windows 8.1 Pro


    Do all your editing from within WMP.

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  9. #9


    Harrisonburg, Va.
    Posts : 10,488
    Windows 8.1.1 Pro with Media Center


    I have 8.1 Pro WMC.
    Maybe that's why it works for me.
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  10. #10


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


    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?
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