User Interface Options


Show text labels under icon

If this option is disabled, the text labels under the icons in the toolbar will not be displayed, causing the toolbar to appear a little smaller.

Show icons in menus

Some users prefer to disable menu icons, which is the default behavior for macOS systems. This option allows the user to select whether the icons are displayed in the menus.

User interface language

By default, Picard will display in the language displayed by your operating system, however you can override this and select a different language if needed.

User interface color theme

This option allows the user to select the color theme used by Picard. On macOS and Windows systems, the available choices are:

  • Default - The default color scheme based on the operating system display settings.

  • Light - A light display theme.

  • Dark - A dark display theme.

On Linux and similar operating systems, the available choices are:

  • Default - The default color scheme based on the operating system display settings.

  • System - The Qt5 theme configured in the desktop environment.


The colors for the light and dark themes can be customized in the Colors section. Separate sets of color selections are maintained for the light and dark themes. The colors for the currently displayed theme are the ones displayed for editing.

Allow selection of multiple directories

Enabling this option will bypass the native directory selector and use Qt’s file dialog. This may be desirable since the native directory selector generally doesn’t allow you to select more than one directory. This applies to the “File ‣ Add folder” dialog. The file browser always allows multiple directory selection.

Use built-in search rather than looking in browser

When this option is enabled the search for albums, artists or tracks will show the results in a dialog. By default this option is enabled. If this option is disabled Picard will open a search on in your default web browser.

Use advanced query syntax

This will enable advanced query syntax parsing on your searches. This only applies to the search box at the top right of Picard, not the lookup buttons.

Show a quit confirmation dialog for unsaved changes

When this is enabled, Picard will show a dialog when you try to quit the program with unsaved files loaded. This may help prevent accidentally losing tag changes you’ve made, but not yet saved.

Adjust horizontal position in file browser automatically

When this is enabled, Picard will automatically scroll the file browser display to keep relevant content visible.

Begin browsing in the following directory

By default, Picard remembers the last directory used to load files. If you enable this option and provide a directory, Picard will always start in the directory provided.

Customize action toolbar

This allows you to to add, remove or rearrange the items displayed in the Action Toolbar.

See also

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