Edit MP3 tags directly in Windows Explorer, the fast and easy way
I am what is considered a Windows power user, addicted to music at that (with a 4 TB audio collection), yet it is only today that I discovered accidentally how easy it is to edit the tags of MP3 files directly in Windows Explorer. I knew that you could right click on one or more MP3 files to open their Properties card and then go to Details and edit tags — but there is a simpler way.
When you are in a folder containing MP3 files, if you want to change some or all of their tags, select the MP3 to be changed, press the Tab key and you will immediately give focus to an editable tag in the status bar of Windows Explorer. Change this tag as you wish. Pressing again the Tab key will give focus to the next MP3 tag. (This function, obviously, is not available if your files are protected, i.e. the “read only” option is checked).
After you finish your changes, press the Save button that has appeared on the Status bar of Windows Explorer. You can press Esc anytime to leave the status bar editor. You can do the same for more than one MP3 files, but in such a case some tags will be totally blank, which is natural, since each MP3 has e.g. a different title. But you can edit en mass album or artist information.
For a really heavy tag editing a specialized MP3 tag editor, such as MP3Tag, is necessary, but if you need to change something on-the-fly, it can be fast and easy, directly in Windows Explorer!
* Check also this list with the best free mp3 utilities, trimmers, playlist editors. Enjoy!