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Virtual tags are tags that are generated dynamically for the purpose of display, sorting/grouping items etc. They are not written to the MusicBee database or to the music files.
Virtual tags can be composed of values of standard tags, custom tags, and a few MusicBee-specific values (fe. Decade).
The purpose of virtual tags is to represent values that are already present in other tag(s), but in a form that is not convenient to use. For example you may want to group Artists by their first letter. Some built-in tags use virtual tag type structures, such as <Album [Year]>. See Special Fields for other built-in virtual tags.
- Using virtual tags for display purposes is very fast, but using virtual tags for sorting/grouping may be very slow depending on complexity of formula in the tag.
Creating Virtual Tags Edit
- Go to Preferences > Tags (1) > Define New Tags.
- Enter a label and formula in one of the boxes in the lower half of the dialog.
- Now you can add the field to main panel or use the field for "group by" or "sort by".