- Using the Explorer Window
- Changing the Explorer Window View
- Using the Ribbon
- Choosing Commands
- Opening and Viewing the Computer
- Viewing and Opening Documents
- Working with Libraries
- Working with Personal Folders
- Navigating Between Folders
- Viewing the Folders List
- Changing the Explorer Layout
- Customizing the Navigation Pane
- Organizing Files by Headings
- Sorting and Grouping Files
- Searching for Files and Folders
- Saving a Search
- Changing Search Options
- Modifying the Index to Improve Searches
- Adding Properties and Tags to Files
- Creating and Renaming Files and Folders
- Copying and Moving Files and Folders
- Deleting and Restoring Files and Folders
- Changing File and Folder List Views
- Hiding Files and Folders
- Changing Folder Options
- Customizing Library Folders
- Customizing Personal Folders
- Sharing Folders or Files with Others
- Compressing Files and Folders
- Managing Files Using a CD or DVD
- Creating a Shortcut to a File or Folder
Adding Properties and Tags to Files
When you create a file, Windows automatically adds properties to the files, such as name, creation date, modified date, and size. These properties are important to Windows, however, they may not be useful when you are searching for a file. You can add or modify common file properties and create or modify custom tag properties to make it faster and easier to locate files in the future. You can add or modify properties for most files. However, there are some exceptions, such as plain text (.txt) or rich text format (.rtf) files. You can add or modify properties using the Details pane in an Explorer window, the Details tab in the Properties dialog box, or in some Save As dialog boxes. If you want to remove some or all of the property information in a file, you can quickly remove it using the Properties dialog box.
Add or Modify Properties
- In the desktop, click or tap the File Explorer button on the taskbar.
- Click or tap the file you want to add or modify properties.
In the Details pane, click or tap the tag you want to change, and then type the new tag.
- To display the Details pane, click or tap the Details pane on the View tab.
- If you want to work with more properties and tags, right-click or tap-hold the file, click or tap Properties, and then click or tap the Details tab. When you’re done, click or tap Apply.
- To add more than one tag, separate each entry with a semicolon.
- To rate a file using the rating property, click or tap the star that represents the rating you want to give the file.
- Click or tap Save.
- In the desktop, click or tap the File Explorer button on the taskbar, and then locate the file in which you want to change.
- Select the file you want to remove properties.
- Click or tap the Properties button on the Home tab, and then click or tap Remove properties.
- Click or tap the Create a copy with all possible properties removed option or click or tap the Remove the following properties from this file: option.
- Select or clear the check boxes for each property.
- Click or tap OK.