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Many of you have an extensive library of songs on your computer that you’ve downloaded over time. If you’re like me, having all of the album information like the name of the song, the year it came out, and the artist is important.  Today we’re going to be talking about how to edit MP3 details in Windows Vista so that your library of songs stay up-to-date and accurate.

Edit MP3 Details in Details Pane

One way that you can edit MP3 details in Windows Vista is in the Details Pane.  This is the box that you see at the bottom of Windows Explorer when you’re viewing a song. Below is a screenshot of the details pane that I see when I click on the song “Have a Nice Day” by Bon Jovi:

details pane

Most of the text that you see in the Details Pane can be changed. Below is a close-up of the pane so that you get an idea of what all can be changed:

details pane 2

  • Artist – Type in the name of the artist
  • Album – Which album is the song from? Enter it here
  • Genre – This is where you specify the music genre
  • Ratings – Rate a song between 0-5 stars
  • Year – This is where you can enter the year that it was released
  • Title – Enter the title of the song

Notice in the image below how you can resize the pane to see more details which is a really nice feature. If you shrink it down to the smallest size possible, all you’ll see is a very small picture of the album art, the title of the song, and the artist. By expanding the pane to show more details, you’ll be able to view more information.

MP3 Tagging

If you decide that you don’t want to view details, you can right click and select “Hide Details Pane.” If you hide the pane and decide you want it back, just click Organize > Layout > Details Pane.

Remove Properties

The details pane may include more information than you really want displayed. Luckily you can remove properties from displaying by right clicking in the pane and selecting “Remove Properties.” A Box will pop up where you can select which properties you’d like removed as shown below:

remove properties 

Edit MP3 Details in Properties Menu

Another way to edit MP3 details in Windows Vista is to right-click on a song and select “properties.” There are a ton of different details that you can change in the properties menu which you can’t change in the details pane. Here’s just a sampling of what you can view and/or change in the properties window:

  • Select which music player the song should open with by default
  • View/enter the publisher, when it was copyrighted, the URL for the author
  • View and then copy or restore any previous versions that may be available
  • Open advanced attributes and choose settings you would like for the particular folder (you can also compress or encrypt attributes as well)
  • View Security details

Note: In both the details pane and the properties menu, you can bulk edit by selecting multiple songs at the same time.

Below is a screenshot which shows what the properties menu looks like:

mp3 properties

Editing MP3 details in Windows Vista is very simple to do, especially with two different ways to go about doing it. For those of you who like to keep all of the track information correct and available for the songs that you have on your computer, you’ll appreciate using both the details pane and the properties menu (which you can find by right clicking on a song) in Vista.

There Are 20 Comments

  1. MP3-Info adds a context menu property page to MP3s and also includes bitrate-based icons. It’s stable and been around for a few years. [mutschler.de]

  2. I haven’t done the metadata thing in Vista yet, but I know that in XP it is absolutely useless. WMP 10 in XP is a disgrace.

  3. Michael Dobrofsky wrote:
    I haven’t done the metadata thing in Vista yet, but I know that in XP it is absolutely useless. WMP 10 in XP is a disgrace.

    XP was really terrible with it, but they seem to have done a really good job in Vista with it. I especially like being able to tag my photos now.

  4. My details pane (WMP11 Vista 64bit) is completely inactive – that is, it shows a generic MP3 logo and includes the list of details but no editing windows appear when they are clicked and there is no save button or any other button on the bottom to indicate that you can do anything but look at this pane. Anyone know what gives? I, as others, wanted to edit the various incorrect entries (artist in this case), except for Name, which can be already be edited when you click on the file itself.

  5. Sauna Taga wrote:
    My details pane (WMP11 Vista 64bit) is completely inactive – that is, it shows a generic MP3 logo and includes the list of details but no editing windows appear when they are clicked and there is no save button or any other button on the bottom to indicate that you can do anything but look at this pane. Anyone know what gives? I, as others, wanted to edit the various incorrect entries (artist in this case), except for Name, which can be already be edited when you click on the file itself.

    The only thing that I can think of is that it’s a problem on 64-bit versions of Vista, but I don’t really see how that could be the case.

    • You have to pen the details pain, then click (at the bottom in hyperlink style text)”Remove Properties and PResonal Information” then the screen should be accessible. I had to tinker with it a little bit myself, that’s my quick and easy solution.

      hope it works!

  6. What I don’t have the detail pane option available, but can go into the properites and edit select fields – I would like to utilize the category field but it doesn’t come up in properties, any ideas on how to access?

  7. Anonymous wrote:
    What I don’t have the detail pane option available, but can go into the properites and edit select fields – I would like to utilize the category field but it doesn’t come up in properties, any ideas on how to access?

    You can’t enable the Details pane by going to Organize -> Layout -> Details Pane?

  8. No the only option there is navagation pane, which is the folder list…weird.

  9. Nice but how do you edit the album photo that appear in the very left lower corner? I have musci files that came with no photo and i would like to add a the album photo. Is this possibe? Thank you

  10. I am able to edit some songs while others I am unable to change the data. I have full access. Anyone know why I would not be able to edit the information?

  11. I had no problem with editing my music files in XP or Vista. However, what good is this information if I can’t make a printed copy of it all. I am able to print the main directory with a little tweek but I can only get the the DOS information, ie…Title, size, date and time created and the file extension. I would really like to see Midrosoft come up with a way to print the items in a folder that I have taken the time to put there. If it is possible to copy and paste the info into a printable application, I haven’t found it. Any ideas?

    • No, unfortunately it’s not possible. The information still has a purpose though, and that purpose is for searching for the file on your machine.

    • I found a free light weight program called Print Folder which does just that. i cant remember where i got it now {had it for a couple of years now} so you will have to do a search for it. sorry.

  12. Hi I’m having a problem with the bottom panel when trying to edit the title of a song. The title isn’t correct, so I click the box, type in the correct title and click on Save. But as soon as I click save, the titles reverts back to the wrong one. It just won’t change at all?

    Help would be really appreciated. Thanks guys.

  13. How to remove the date created and date modified from details???having an issue with that

  14. Thank you! Great instructions and really appreciate the screen shots.

  15. open properties and uncheck read only under the window
    it works for me

  16. Thanks alot, ive been wondering how to do this for ages, turns out its simple as hell =]

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