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unfortunately this works only temporarily. I am constantly switching between compact and regular mode, using the keyboard shortcut key

There is a benefit to this as I use Windows 11 (and 10 before that) and make good use of virtual desktops... using the keyboard shortcut means that I have control over musicbee, as opposed to clicking on the musicbee icon in the taskbar (when it is in regular mode)... where musicbee has control over me. the control thing is not a musicbee thing, it is a windows behaviour.. but nevertheless if I click that taskbar icon to has a quick peak at musicbee, I will get whisked to whatever desktop musicbee was last open on. I know you can set it to open on all desktops but I have my reasons that I don't like to have that enabled. The shortcut to compact mode/desktop toggle... that is magic though.. it means I can transport musicbee from whatever desktop it was on to my current desktop, thus not breaking my workflow.

But the one downside is that everytime you switch to compact mode, it resets to upcoming tracks . Is there a way to prevent this reset?

note: my desktop always stays in playing tracks mode, just compact mode changes

ah, you are right.. thanks

3 compact mode.

It is annoying to have to switch back to full mode to see the entire setlist (list of album tracks)

how can I disable this feature?

just to be clear I mean in the compact mode the current song is the top song, you can scroll up above it

Hi, it would be great if tooltips could be added for the  Filter and Command Toolbar Buttons.

I have a bunch of them and only using 1-2 letters for the names to save space, so it would be great to see  the command e.g "General: Locate Selected Track in Windows Explorer" or filter name e.g. "Decade" when hovering over these.

Tips and Tricks / Re: Master screenshot post
« on: May 24, 2022, 09:58:06 AM »
also these 2 other programs are part of the holy triumvirate of best ever screenshot programs for Windows

1) greenshot (it is simpler than sharex, without the cloud upload and with an amazing editor)
2) ScreenShot Captor.. amazing program, lots of capabilities

I have a question about Imgur... for the life of me I can't figure out how to create new Albums. I feel really stupid.. I know I've done it before (years ago when I last used imgur) because I can move files to those Albums but I cannot figure out how to create a new Album.

On the off chance that they actually nixed this feature (sounds stupid so I think the fault is more that I don't understand their interface), what is a good image uploading/sharing site with nice UI that can/is:

1) free
2) big enough that it isn't going to disappear
3) holds photos for a fairly long time before deleting
4) Album support
5) Ability to have images laid out with a caption and successively down the page the way ImgUr lets you would be nice as well but not as important as the features above.
6) tagging - also nice but not essential.
7) drag and drop on page to add photos

Tips and Tricks / Re: A file renaming tip: Renamer
« on: May 24, 2022, 09:49:01 AM »
1) music files are not the only thing I ever rename (although they are the bulk). I just used power renamer on some photos just before vistiing this forum. If I had to keep only one, power renamer would be it and any I would have to install it as I need powertoys to function lol.. if you have an UIltraWide their windows layout manager called "Fancy Zones" is the best thing ever, so if you want that power renamer is part of the package deal.

2) I can't really remember if I ever renamed music files after putting them in MusicBee. If I need to rename files it is part of the preparation before dropping them into the inbox.

3) even so, I don't think that would be a problem... whatever files you rename simply pop back into the inbox on a file rescan.

Tips and Tricks / Re: A file renaming tip: Renamer
« on: May 23, 2022, 12:27:26 PM »
there are different renamers for different purposes. I use 3 myself.

I use the renamer in powertoys often, it is good for simple or regex replacements via the send to menu.

When I need to do something that doesn't fit that paradigm easily I use bulk rename utlity. For example to number files with a prefix or suffix. It is pretty good but not quite as quick as powertoys (for things that powertoys can do), if not then bulk rename is usually the way to go.

I use renamer lite - the one mentioned above for one special use case. When I want to move files with the same names (i.e. the would overwrite each other) when moved to one directory, that were previously in disc directories.. e.g. disc 1, disc 2 subfolders.. I use it to automatlically prefix the sub folder name to the track

e.g. Disc 1\01.mp3 becomes Disc 1 - 01.mp3

here is the Insert (as Prefix) rule

:File_FolderName: -

ah that was it... I'm using a funky blue skin, really nice looking - not sure the exact name.. but the scrollbar is almost invisible and I only noticed it once you mentioned it.

because I can see them when I open the file in mp3tag.. mp3, aac, flac.. they all show multiple embedded pictures in mp3tag.. but I can only see one in the artwork tab of musicbee and I can't see any button to change picture and the drop down picture type combobox doesn't do anything

for example with this flac there are 4 files

one is of type "front cover", 3 are of type "other"

what I see is the first picture in the file, which is also the first "other"

in musicbee if I change the dropdown box to "Album Cover" it will not change the photo to what is called "Front Cover" in mp3tag

How do you view the other covers / pictures in an mp3 or flac?

I can't figure it out.. when I edit the mp3/flac I see only the first photo and using the drop down there does nothing although, when I try to leave the song it thinks something has been edited and I have to decline modification.


- I noticed that for sure that if the song will appear the next time I add files to the inbox, that is is missing from the music section (I'm not sure if this is always the case but I have confirmed that it happens at least some of the time, but I assume that it is probably all of the time)

- after noticing the song was missing, I did a rescan (pressed ins) and then the file re-appeared in the inbox. Even though it was originally dragged (when adding files to the inbox, after editing the tags, I always CTRL+A the files in the inbox then drag them to the music or audiobooks tabs)

I have a bunch of Audiobooks and in the left pane it is sorted by "Artist". It works for most of the files.. I mean usually I will see the artist (i.e. the value from the Artist tag). There is no grouping.

but with some books, it will show the "Album Artist" tag instead, even though the Artist tag also has a value (which is different than in Album Artist)

Does anyone know why this is happening and how to fix it? (to show the artist tag for every album I mean)

here are examples. these are a bunch of audiobooks series I've been adding. All the songs with similar albums belong to the same series. The odd one out is the straggler that popped back into the inbox and had been added previously and dragged to audiobooks and had disappeared from the inbox when initially it was dragged.

each image is after i've cleared out the inbox (moved them to audiobooks tab) then added a new folder of files consisting of a new series (and the highlighted file will be the straggler from the previously added series). I captured screenshots in order, so you should be able to see how there is one file from the previous batch each time as a straggler.

to be clear what I mean: look at the name of all the non highlighted albums to determine the name of the series, then look at the next photo and you will see the straggler has that album name because it belongs to the previous batch. you can do that starting from the second photo as the straggler in the first photo is from the previous batch which I did not take a screenshot of.

between each screenshot the inbox was totally clear and then i dropped the next folder worth of files

I also experience this. I have not tried his exact steps, I will explain how it works for me.

It has happened for as long as I've used music bee. It is not something new.. many years old.

I drag files to the inbox.. then I tag them and drag them off to either "Music" or "Audiobooks" tabs

they all disappear from the inbox.

Then more often than not, when I drag more mp3s into the inbox, one (and only one) straggler will reappear in the inbox, along with all the new files.

I cannot be sure if the file ever appeared in the moved location before popping back into the inbox. I think so.. as I don't actually scrutinize each song's name, I do sometimes look at the track numbers.. and would notice if a song is missing.. what is for (fairly) certain is that any tag that is applied to the album in the moved to location (music or audiobooks libraries), including photos, will not be applied to the mp3 file when it pops back into the inbox.

I stress that there is only ever one straggler that pops back. I have seen this happen hundreds of times. There is never more than one. Also it is sometimes possible for 0 songs to pop back into the inbox the next time I add mp3s there. However once it starts happening, most of the times I add songs will result in a straggler popping back in from the previous batch of songs added.

I always (100% of the time) will update some tags, usually in batch edits, of songs that I drag to the inbox when I add them to the inbox, before dragging them to the Music or Audiobook tabs. I wouldn't have mentioned this except I read that the OP mentioned that he usually edits tags.

When I say I drag songs to the inbox, I mean from outside of MusicBee as a way to add them. I cannot remember if stragglers can appear when adding songs through scanning the library, which is a method that I sometimes use as well for adding songs to musicbee.

update: yes it happens on library scan as well

update: I can confirm that after I drop an album in the inbox, then drag it to the music folder... then in the music folder select the album and paste artwork, that when the straggler appears in the inbox later it will be without this artwork. I am still not certain if the file was actually among the files in the album I selected or was missing. But for sure the straggler was not at that time visible in the inbox. So this might mean that the file is actually left in the inbox and just not displayed for some reason until the next time files are added to the inbox.

MusicBee Wishlist / Comment in Tooltip
« on: May 05, 2022, 02:25:04 PM »
Hi, would be great to have the comment as a tooltip. I found various requests in the forum about long comments... but from what I read and what I can think of there is not really a good solution to it, except if it popped up in a tooltip when you hovered over the comment box.

For it to be effective as a tooltip, the tooltip would need to stay displayed as long as the mouse is not moved, as comments can be very long.

one might wonder what use a long comment is, it probably isn't for regular albums. But when it comes to concert recordings they are oftened accompanied by very long info files with a lot of pertinent information regarding the source and edits, which I and others put into comments, as well as interesting things about the performance like which songs special guests played on and such.

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