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Old 11-09-2011, 04:58 PM   #1
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how to move tags data into a new custom column

Hi guys

first post, great website, i salute you

I have a huge library and have downloaded all the tags from goodreads (so they populate as simple genres)

However, recently I have learnt to create a custom column #genre

i would now like to move the data in the tags field to the #genre one, automatically.. is this possible?

i would then download the tags from multiple sources to get true tags to make my library more descriptive and searchable

Any help appreciated!
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Old 11-10-2011, 04:50 AM   #2
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Use bulk metadata search/replace. Assuming that your genre column has the type "comma-separated text, like tags...", use the following process.
  1. Make a backup of your library in case things go very wrong.
  2. Select all the books you wish to change
  3. Press 'E' to get bulk metadata edit
  4. Select the search/replace tab
  5. Search field: tags
  6. Search for: leave empty
  7. Replace with: leave empty
  8. Destination field: #genre
  9. Press Apply
  10. Click the "Basic metadata" tab
  11. Check the "Remove all" box next to "Remove tags"
  12. Press OK
All the tags will have be copied to #genre and deleted from tags.
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Old 11-10-2011, 05:48 AM   #3
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Thanks Chaley, great instructions, much appreciated!!

Mush easier than i thought, and here i was learning templates and pyhon code to achieve it, doh!

Thanks!
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