Context Menu on Windows 11

In my Win11 test environment, both context menues looks nice, including the icon!

and with SHIFT + F10:

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Working perfectly for me.


It was an interesting read of the "rules" behind the new context menu on the Windows Developer Blog and was wondering if the context menu name "Mp3tag" would be more obvious if it were "Mp3tag Editor", "Open in Mp3tag" or even "Edit Tags in Mp3tag" - I was not 100% sure of the way the design rules are supposed to work and any of these would obviously then need localisation.

Just a bit of further feedback - although the new context menu works perfectly on files and folders in the right hand pane, the context menu does not seem to come up if you click on items in the hierarchical menu on the left hand pane even though it does come up with the "Show more options"...


I can confirm the finding from @AndrewM.

There seems to be a strange dependency between file extension, file type (maybe the defined standard app?) and a visible context menu entry. Also - for example - the left navigation pane shows not the same context menu for the same folder as you can see after a right click at the right pane.
This is not only true for Mp3tag, but also for VLC and WinRAR.

If you use a standard user account in Windows, the new menu does not appear, and also the option disappears from the general menu, having to manually open the program first and then drag the folder over the program to modify the tags of those files.

With the administrator user everything works without any problem.

Please fix this problem with standard user accounts, thank you.

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Thanks for pointing. Installing from a non-admin account (with necessary admin-elevation) should now be possible with Mp3tag v3.11.

I don't have the context menu appearing at all now with Mp3tag v3.11.
Does it require a system restart? I wasn't prompted.
I'm a bit busy at the moment to try a restart now, but I'll try later.

A restart resolved the issue in this case.

Yes, it did. Thank you, Florian.

When I right click on a track, Mp3tag opens it. But could I have it display all album tracks in that folder instead of just the one that I right clicked on?

OK, great! Seems like a restart is needed on some systems.

This is very straightforward: just choose Mp3tag from the context menu of the folder you want to load.

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I am running Windows 11 and the new context menu works fine in 3.11. However, would it be possible to also keep the old context menu? Why would I want this you might wonder. I am using Total Commander for file management which uses the old context menu where Mp3Tag is now missing on both audio files and folders.

After the update to 3.11, the context menu disappeared in Windows 11. The manual registration of the Mp3tagShell.dll fixed it for me. It does still only appear in the secondary menu (Show More Options) which is fine for me as this way it still shows in Multi Commander.

You could try this from a command prompt with administrative rights

cd <path to Mp3tag installation>
regsvr32 Mp3tagShell.dll

It worked great!

Thanks, and thanks for creating the best tag software out there.

The context menu shows up in both the new Windows 11 context menu and the old menu in Total Commander for me after manual DLL registration.

The context menu shortcut disappeared for me today. I'm running MP3Tag 3.11. It disappeared from both context menus, Win 11 and the original context menu. I tried reinstalling and rebooting without success. Then I tried reinstalling with the "Run as administrator" option and rebooting, but still no shortcut in either context menu. Finally, I used your "command prompt with administrative rights" tip above and rebooted. Now I now have a shortcut in the older context menu, but still no shortcut in the new Win 11 context menu. Any ideas?

Yes, maybe :slight_smile: Some questions:

  1. Did you install Mp3tag on your System Volume or on a different drive?
  2. Did you chose "Yes" to allow Mp3tag to make changes to your system (i.e., admin elevation) when asked so during installation.
  3. Did you install from a Standard or Administrative account?
  4. What's the output of the WIndows PowerShell command get-appxpackage -name *mp3tag*

Thanks for the reply, Florian.

  1. It's installed on my system volume at C:\Program Files (x86)\Mp3tag
  2. Yes.
  3. My Administrative account is the only account on my Windows 11 Pro 21H2 x64 machine (Build 22000.282).
  4. Here it is:
Name              : 35795FlorianHeidenreich.Mp3tag.ShellExtension
Publisher         : CN=Florian Heidenreich, O=Florian Heidenreich, S=Sachsen, C=DE
Architecture      : X64
ResourceId        :
Version           : 3.11.0.0
PackageFullName   : 35795FlorianHeidenreich.Mp3tag.ShellExtension_3.11.0.0_x64__hyhc94k68ebpm
InstallLocation   : C:\Program
                    Files\WindowsApps\35795FlorianHeidenreich.Mp3tag.ShellExtension_3.11.0.0_x64__hyhc94k68ebpm
IsFramework       : False
PackageFamilyName : 35795FlorianHeidenreich.Mp3tag.ShellExtension_hyhc94k68ebpm
PublisherId       : hyhc94k68ebpm
IsResourcePackage : False
IsBundle          : False
IsDevelopmentMode : False
NonRemovable      : False
IsPartiallyStaged : False
SignatureKind     : Developer
Status            : Ok

Thanks!

I'm not sure if this is relevant, but I'm also experiencing the issue where I have Light color mode selected in settings, but the MP3Tag interface randomly switches to Dark mode.

OK, thanks for the details. Everything looks good and I'm running out of ideas. The last thing would be if you're using an alternative file manager and not Windows Explorer — but from what you've written above, this is also not the case.