45. Why don't the Styles that I just installed appear in the StylePicker window?

The BBW.LST file located in your main Band-in-a-Box® folder defines the list of PG Music styles in the StylePicker window. This file is updated when we release new styles so that the StylePicker window will recognize them. Update patches for any version of Band-in-a-Box® install the latest BBW.LST released with that version.

If your new styles do not show up in the StylePicker window, first try pressing the [Rebuild] button at the bottom of that window. If they still do not show up, here is what to do:

  1. Make sure you have installed the styles to your Band-in-a-Box® folder. This is usually C:\bb. Styles not installed to this folder will not be recognized by the StylePicker.
  2. Download and install the latest update patch for your version of Band-in-a-Box® from our Band-in-a-Box® for Windows Updates page. This will install the latest BBW.LST released with that version.
  3. Launch Band-in-a-Box®, open the StylePicker window, and press the [Rebuild] button. This will force Band-in-a-Box® to scan for new styles in the Band-in-a-Box® folder. (Note: Rebuild is done automatically in more recent versions of Band-in-a-Box® after you install new styles, but it doesn't hurt to do it manually as well).
  4. Check that 'Show all styles' is selected in the pull-down menus at the bottom of the StylePicker window (i.e. make sure you aren't filtering the StylePicker to only show certain styles).

The only reason that PG Music styles would not show up after you have done the four things above is if you purchased and installed a Styles Set that was released during a later version of Band-in-a-Box® than the version you have. In this case:

  • If you have Band-in-a-Box® 2008 or higher, download and install the latest update patch available for your version.

  • If you have Band-in-a-Box® 2007, download this bbw.lst file. Install this to your Band-in-a-Box® folder (usually C:\bb).

  • If you have Band-in-a-Box® 2006 or earlier, download this bbw.lst file. Install this to your Band-in-a-Box® folder (usually C:\bb).

    More information: Because of StylePicker improvements in 2008 and higher, the most current bbw.lst file (style description file) cannot be used with 2007 and earlier versions. These small downloads will install a bbw.lst file for Band-in-a-Box® 2007 or earlier that will recognize the styles released with later versions of Band-in-a-Box®. You would only need to download one of these files if you have an older version of Band-in-a-Box® (2007 or earlier) and purchased a newer styles set.

    If you do this, you may see some question marks in the StylePicker. This is normal, as some of the information in the StylePicker (such as Styles Set #, suggested tempo, and feel) is built into the Band-in-a-Box® program (not in BBW.LST). For example, if you have Band-in-a-Box® 2004 and purchased a Styles Set that was released during Band-in-a-Box® 2007, the styles will show up and work properly but there will be question marks where the Styles Set # would normally appear. Also, the Load Song Demo button will be inactive for those styles. You can instead load the song demos by opening the song files directly from any of the \bb\stylesxx folders.

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