When it comes to searching a file, it is easy when you remember the exact name. However, if you don’t remember the name, and there are too many similar ones, then it becomes difficult. Windows offers a TAGS property that allows you to associate a file with specific words that can help search files. This post will guide you on how you can tag your files in Windows 11/10. The feature has been there in Windows 7 and Windows Vista as well.
How Does Adding Tags to Files Help?
Tagging is adding a nickname to something which you can easily remember. Like you call your friends with nicknames rather than their original names. So next time you make a document on a project, tag it with a name you can remember. If you add a common name to a set of files, it helps you group them.
How to Tag Your Files in Windows for Quick Search
- Select the file which you want to tag.
- Right-click and click on the Properties menu
- It will open up the property window for the files
- Then on the property window, go to Details Tab.
- Locate the Tags label under Description and select it
- Click on the section next to tags and under the Value column
- It will turn into a text box where you can type something
- Then click on the Ok or Apply button
Note: You can add multiple tags separated by semicolons. Also, if a tag is already used, it will pop up, and you can add it instantly.
In the earlier version of Windows, adding tags was easy for images as the list of properties displayed in the Windows Explorer Bottom Bar. Just click and Add a Tag to add more tags. That’s not possible anymore in Windows 11/10.
How To Search Files By Using Tags?
Next time you search, type the tag name instead of the file name, and all the files carrying the tag will appear in the search result. Most of the time, you will remember tags than fines; hence, your search will be faster and save time.
You can even save this search by clicking on the Save Search button on the top left. These types of searches are called Saved Searches, which are useful when you often search for the same thing.
How to Apply Tags to Folders?
You cannot apply tags to folders. It only works on individual files and is available for all types of files. The best way to manage folders is to organize them under the proper name, depending on what you plan to store.