In Windows 7, the system can save additional info for every file you create. It can then be used to sort files according to your criteria, to help you remember where and when was this file created, if it is a picture – what is on it, who is on it etc. This option is great, and working with these is fairly easy once you understand how to do it. You can add a variety of additional info, such as picture tags, author name, date modified and so on. These will remain embedded into the file, even if you move it to a different Windows 7 machine, but remember the fact that additional tags are not fully compatible with operation systems, prior to Windows Vista.
Create tag info; work with it, save it
To use picture or file tag, you must first create and save it. This is easy – find the file for which you want a tag created or modified. Click on it (just once, do not double click). The details about this file will show at the bottom of the window. Go to the “Tag” pane and add the info you want. Click “Save”. You are done. You can enter whatever text you want here. You can also change this info later without problems. You can add another piece of info – just separate different details with semicolon, to tell windows they are different tags. If you do not see the details pane at the bottom of the page see for some reason, right click the file, select “Properties” and go to the “Details” tab. You will have the same options there.
Some additional info
You can also click the stars and rate a file. Windows 7 has very well working rating system. When you randomly play media files for example, these with better “star” rating have bigger chance to be selected and played back, and this is true for all media files including pictures and videos! Also, additional info you have entered may be read and use by some third party programs as Google’s Picassa, to fill their database when reading files. Once you get used to tags and other properties, you will find they are great.