Hi, and many thanks for looking at what I'd done. I'm afraid I'm completely out of my comfort zone, so realize that some of my actions and methods will appear as nonsense to those with the expertise I lack.
When I say, 'I went back to the Export scree, all in fact I did was to close the open export screen, then reopen it from File > Export.
Then I created a new 'configuration, which I simple put as PRB, with no thought of file extension, or similar. So, when I clicked to export to 'PRB', of course nothing basically happened.
When you say, 'If I open a new export script, and something completely different happens, where/how do you open said export script? Presumably if I could find where to do this, the
prb.mte screen opens, as yours did?
Where do I add the .mte extension name to 'PRB', at which point, and at which place. I think these are my present stumbling blocks. It's like using a language that I have little or no ability to write in, but still not making any errors of syntax. Please bear with me! Many thanks for your continuing help and support - always very much appreciated!
This should replace the sample code with this code.
In the end, the file should only contain the 3 lines of code.
Press Ctrl-S to save the code.
Close the editor
The original list of export scripts should now contain an entry called prb - select this entry if that is not already the case.
Click OK to execute the export script.
If you are asked whether you want to see the result, click Yes and another editor should open and show you the list of composers.
If nothing happens and the windows "Name of new export configuration" stays in place there probably already exists an export configuration of the same name. Look at the selection window for already existing configurations.
You have to delete that first or take another name for the new one.
Sorry to be really thick, but where do I see any 'existing export script' to be able to click on its edit button?
If I could achieve that, I could hopefully answer your question.
I have looked at the previews of various export configurations, but none of them looks remotely like what would be useful to me, by allowing me:
To export the contents of the 'Artist' field, without duplications, in alphabetical order, and in txt. format which, I presume would then allow me to fill the contents of the Artist field on the Tag Panel
To do exactly the same with the Composer field
If the Album could also be incorporated, this would be a welcome bonus, but I don't require the Title, or anything else.
I just want a script to make this happen, so that the end result would
Hungarian Gypsy Songs Santa Gypsy Band Bartok, Bela
Irish Folk Songs Irish Songsters Joyce, James
French Dances Le Louvre Lully, Jean P
I see that other members of the support community have suggested their own configurations.
Would it even be possible to ask whether anyone out there would be able to make a bespoke script for me. It would be worth paying for, just to easy my ongoing frustrations?
Right now there have been 26 attempts to get a simple export script into your configuration.
As that has failed so far - how do you intend to incorporate that script into your configuration as that would require similar steps as the ones outlined so far.
And just to spare you some money: the script for the alphabetical list for composer has been suggested to you at least 3 times. It would now be up to you to add that to your local environment, a task that no one from the distance can take over for you.
Download the above .MTE file.
Move the MTE file to your Mp3tag configuration folder (File -> Open Configuration Folder) and there in the existing subfolder \export. You will find other MTE files there already.
Then you will see this export file in your "Export configuration window" as shown above from poster.
You have to adjust this file in a text editor to your needs.
If you see your open Notepad (as above in the screenshot) press on File -> Open in this Notepad.
Then browse to the same directory where you have moved the file For_Wolksby.mte
(-> the Mp3tag configuration folder and there the subfolder \export).
If you don't see the filename For_Wolksby.mte directly, you maybe have to switch the preselection in the lower right corner in Notepad from
All Files (*.*) <--- this includes the *.mte files and every other existing file
If you see the filename For_Wolksby.mte press the Open Button in Notepad.
And one further suggestion, is to tell Windows that you want to "Always" use Notepad to open .mte files so this becomes automatic in the future. I have yet to find any other application in my case that use .mte that causes any issues.
Even from within mp3tag you should then be able to view the files for editing.
How do I select/work on the contents of one field only, without the other two being selected at the same time - for example if I wanted to make a dropdown list with Composers, as I have already done for Genres?
Hopefully a final thank you, for pointing me in the direction of Notepad++ which certainly allows me to select and work on columns independently.
Thank you again for your patience - a vital commodity for a teacher, or anyone trying to explain something to someone, on less familiar ground. That's what I call Support, in the truest sense of the word. Also a similar shout out to @poster who was also very helpful and their advice finely complemented yours, to give me the fullest picture overall! yet without giving up on me.