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Up-to-date with version 3.0.5976

This page lists the basic elements of MusicBee's layout and the options available in the Panels Configuration window. It's just an overview of the layout options; the details can be found on the linked pages.

Default Layout

Default Layout

To the right is what MusicBee's layout looks like "out of the box." It includes:

Panels Configuration Edit

Configure Layout Button

Configure Layout Button

The Panels Configuration window is opened with the Configure Layout button, to the left of the Search box in the Tabs Bar. It can also be accessed from Layout (1) preferences, with the "Arrange Panels" button.

Panels Configuration

Panels Configuration

There are 21 elements that can be configured, with 9 possible locations and further configuration options available for most elements. Not every element can be in every location, but many elements can be reordered to your liking, too. That's a LOT of options! Throw in the specific settings for each element and you're unlikely to find two layouts that are exactly the same.

Let's break it down by location, since that's what you'll see in the Panels Configuration window. The default options are marked. Most elements have further settings that can be configured by using a Panels Settings [...] button.

Elements with a checkbox to the right may be stacked together (occupying the same layout space) by ticking the box. Any unstacked elements in between ticked elements will cause a new stack to start, or you can use the Panel Splitter element to divide two stacks. Stackable elements are marked here with a +.

stack
Tabbed elements

Stacked Elements with tabs

  • ticked elements are displayed as tabs: example at right
  • ticked elements are stacked on top of each other and viewable by clicking a selector button: (Default) click the top left menu to see a list of elements in the stack, or click in the header bar of the stack to cycle through elements

Header Bar Edit

Top Panel Edit

Alternate location for the Player Controls only.

Left Sidebar Edit

The Left Sidebar may be hidden for the current tab by using the Tab Overrides settings, either completely or with auto-open enabled (it will pop up when your mouse is at the left edge of the window). See Status Bar for more options to show and hide the Left Sidebar.

Left Main Panel Edit

The Left Main Panel may be hidden for the current tab by using the Tab Overrides settings.

Main Panel Edit

Right Main Panel Edit

The Right Main Panel may be hidden for the current tab by using the Tab Overrides settings.

Right Sidebar Edit

The Right Sidebar may be hidden for the current tab by using the Tab Overrides settings, either completely or with auto-open enabled (it will pop up when your mouse is at the right edge of the window). See Status Bar for more options to show and hide the Right Sidebar.

Bottom Panel Edit

Floating Window Edit

The Floating Window will appear once elements are added and the configuration is saved or applied. It can be minimised, but can only be closed by removing the elements again via the Panels Configuration window.

Layout
Panel Options The Anatomy of MusicBee · Library Navigation · Track Information · Visualizations
Main Panel Views Tracks · Album and Tracks · Album Covers · Artists · Custom Views
Other Tabs Bar · Main Menu · Status Bar · Layout Preferences

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