- Using the Explorer Window
- Changing the Explorer Window View
- Opening and Viewing the Computer
- Viewing and Opening Documents
- Opening Recently Used Documents
- Working with Personal Folders
- Navigating Between Folders
- Viewing the Folders List
- Changing the Explorer Layout
- Customizing the Navigation Pane
- Organizing Files by Headings
- Searching for Files and Folders
- Saving a Search
- Changing Search Options
- Performing an Instant Search
- Performing an Advanced Search
- Performing Natural Language Searches
- 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
- Creating a Shortcut to a File or Folder
- Hiding Files and Folders
- Changing Folder Options
- Changing File and Folder List Views
- Customizing Personal Folders
- Sharing Folders or Files with Others
- Compressing Files and Folders
- Managing Files Using a CD or DVD
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 (New!) 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 the Save As dialog box. 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
- Click the Start button, and then click Documents.
- Click the file you want to add or modify properties.
- In the Details pane, click the tag you want to change, and then type the new tag.
- If the Details pane is not available, right-click the file, click Properties, click the Details tab. When you’re done, click Apply.
- To add more than one tag, separate each entry with a semicolon.
- To rate a file using the rating property, click the star that represents the rating you want to give the file.
- Click Save.
Add or Modify Properties While Saving a File
- Click the File menu in the program you are using, and then click Save As.
- Type tags and other properties in the boxes provides.
- To add more than one property, separate each entry with a semicolon.
- Type the name of the file.
- Click Save.
- Click the Start button, click Documents, and then locate the file in which you want to remove properties.
- Select the file you want to remove properties.
- Click the Organize button on the toolbar, and then click Remove Properties.
- Click the Create a copy with all possible properties removed option or click the Remove the following properties from this file: option.
- Select or clear the check boxes for each property.
- Click OK.