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How to organise images in Windows

Add tags and organise images

Once you've taken some great shots, don't leave them languishing somewhere on your hard drive, never to be found again. We show you how to add tags and organise your images in Windows.

Once you've taken some great shots, don't leave them languishing somewhere on your hard drive, never to be found again. We show you how to add tags and organise your images in Windows.

Step 1. Metadata is information held about an image, such as the camera used, the exposure time and, most importantly, any tags associated with it. Tags are searchable keywords that can help you group together similar images. Click on a photo in Explorer to see its tags at the bottom of the window.

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Step 2. To add a tag, click on a photo in Windows Explorer, then click the Tags field at the bottom of the window. Enter a descriptive term; multiple tags should be separated with semi-colons. To later find that image or similar photos, enter tag: x (where x is the descriptive term you chose earlier) in Windows Explorer’s search field.

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Step 3. Alternatively, open the photo library and select Tag from the ‘Arrange by’ menu. A list of available tags and thumbnails of associated images will be displayed. Select the tag you’re looking for. To see the file information, including the number of pictures with that tag, right-click a blank spot in the folder and select View, Details.

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Step 4. If you’re still running Windows XP, several free tools can help you manage your photo library. Windows Live Photo Gallery, part of Windows Live Essentials, lets you batch-convert photos, perform quick fixes, add tags and share the best images on Flickr, YouTube and Facebook.

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