Cannot immediately paste in Metadata Editor field

Metadata Editor has an annoying feature in that, when you tab to an entry field or click in one to select it, that field is highlighted with an outline box and you can immediately type into it but you CANNOT paste into it until you click in the outlined box to place the cursor there.

For example, it makes it a real pain when I want to copy and paste the just-typed track title to also be the album title.

Doesn’t it make sense that I should be able to paste anywhere I can type?

Thanks for listening.

I don’t know if this is a limitation in the widget we use, or not. Unfortunately the developer who designed this is not currently active in the project.

I can’t see an obvious reason why selecting the field (for example by tabbing into it) should not open it for editing.

I would suggest that you double-click in the next field you want to paste into, then that will be open for editing.


The Metadata Editor has been a problem for some years. You always have to click twice in an entry field to access it, which is annoying. Just today I find I cannot paste at all. If I try to use Ctrl+V, the field is deselected as soon as I press Ctrl. If I try to use Right-Click and Paste, the field is deselected as soon as the context menu appears. Talk about spoiling the ship for a ha’porth of tar!
PS: using Mint Linux 17.2. My Audacity is version 2.0.5. Tried downloading 2.10.0. Compiled OK, wouldn’t install.
I understand latest release is 2.15. When I feel strong enough, I’ll try that.
Workaround: save file, then use PuddleTag to paste in the data.
(If PuddleTag can do it, why not Audacity?)
I realise that this problem would seem trivial to a programmer, but to a user, it’s a game-breaker.

This is not correct in the latest 2.1.2 version of Audacity if you are on Windows (the board you posted to). Please see the pink panel at the top of the page and give us that information. I am guessing from your previous posts that you are actually on Linux. Your observation about deselection would be correct if you are using an obsolete version of Audacity on Linux.

You can add tags after export using other applications if preferred.


Correct. Using Linux Mint 17.2 (Cinnamon).
Compiled 2.1.0 from source.
Compiled OK.
Would not install.
Reverted to 2.0.5.
As far as I am concerned, this “minor” fault renders Audacity unusable.
I shall search for an alternative.
shall try Xfce interface.
Will report back.
Great product, but a thorn in the heel.

The current version of Audacity is 2.1.2.

Did you uninstall the 2.0.5 package before installing 2.1.0?

After uninstalling 2.0.5, the best way on Mint 17.2 to get a modern version of Audacity 2.1.2 that is built correctly is to install the “2.1.2-1~14.04” PPA from

You will have to double-click to paste into Metadata Editor, but you won’t have the deselection problem, as far as I know.