Re: Details Pane Inactive for MP3s
Weird. I obtained an external drive since my last post (Happy Birthday to
and the Details pane of Explorer allows me to edit file properties.
Actually, a file with its read-only attribute can be renamed, just not
Can you make any changes to any of the pictures with Paint?
Is this an NTFS formatted drive? Was it part of an XP system? If NTFS,
check the Security tab of the Properties dialog & verify that you are the
owner of the files and have full control.
You might check this out:
Microsoft MVP [Windows Shell/User]
"Saunataga" <Saunataga@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message
> I've checked the Properties dialog for many of the files and none of them
> have the read-only attribute checked. It seems as if nothing on the
> USB drive can generate the necessary flexibility in the details pane,
> the fact that I can access everything on the hard drive. It does seem as
> the entire drive displays read-only qualities, but that's only via the
> display pane. I can rename, for example, a photo file, by clicking on the
> file itself. I assume I could also delete the file. That's not my
> interpretation of "read-only". Unfortunately, I can't modify the music
> the same way because the data details (name,artist, song, album, etc.) are
> columns and I can only modify the entry in the first column.
> "Keith Miller (MVP)" wrote:
>> Check the Properties dialog for one of the files. On the 'General' tab,
>> make sure that the file doesn't have its 'Read-Only' attribute set.
>> Good Luck,
>> Microsoft MVP [Windows Shell/User]
>> "Saunataga" <Saunataga@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message
>> > When trying to edit the Details Pane while viewing MP3s on an external
>> > USB
>> > HD
>> > (Computer>WD>Music Files>Artist>Song), I find that the items in the
>> > pane
>> > that
>> > should be able to be edited are all inactive - clicking on any or all
>> > of
>> > them
>> > produces no result whatsover. The SAVE button that sould be on the
>> > bottom
>> > is
>> > missing also.
>> > The Pane works fine when I access, for example, photos on my
>> > internal
>> > hard drive, but nothing on the external drive can be edited, including
>> > mp3s
>> > and photos.
>> > Am I missing some setting or is this designed to be this way.