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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

  • yellow-1.jpg In the desktop, click or tap the File Explorer button on the taskbar.
  • yellow-2.jpg Click or tap the file you want to add or modify properties.
  • yellow-3.jpg 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.
  • yellow-4.jpg To add more than one tag, separate each entry with a semicolon.
  • yellow-5.jpg To rate a file using the rating property, click or tap the star that represents the rating you want to give the file.
  • yellow-6.jpg Click or tap Save.

Remove Properties

  • yellow-1.jpg In the desktop, click or tap the File Explorer button on the taskbar, and then locate the file in which you want to change.
  • yellow-2.jpg Select the file you want to remove properties.
  • yellow-3.jpg Click or tap the Properties button on the Home tab, and then click or tap Remove properties.
  • yellow-4.jpg 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.
  • yellow-5.jpg Select or clear the check boxes for each property.
  • yellow-6.jpg Click or tap OK.
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