How to Tag Your files in Windows 7 / Vista

Now its easy to search files on Windows 7 / Vista with a new property called as “tag”. With all previous edition of windows it was very difficult to search a file if you have forgotten the exact name. Even if you remember partial name, search was difficult.But with this new feature of of “tagging” a file in Vista, searching will be much easier.

But before I tell you how it works get to know what is tagging.Tagging is adding a nick name to something which you can easily remember.Like you call your friends with nicknames rather than original name. So next time you make document on a project tag it with some cute name which is easier to remember. Lets see how do to it now!!

Steps on “How to tag files in Windows 7 and Vista?”

  1. Select the file which you want to tag.
  2. Right click and go to properties.
  3. It will open up the property window for the related file.
  4. Then on the property window go to Details Tab.
  5. There you will see a label as “Tag”, You can add your tags there
  6. Then click on Ok or Apply
  7. Job Done.

Add Tag to Images in Properties

For images, adding tag is even more easy. Just select the image and you will see list of properties displayed in the Windows Explorer Bottom Bar. Click on Add a Tag to add more tags.

Add tags from Windows Explorer

Now next time you make a search , do a tag based search i.e. Type tag:tag-name. Most of the time you will remember tags than fines hence your search will be faster and You will save time.

Tag Based Search

You can even save this search by clicking on Save Search button on top left. These types of search are called as Saved Searches, useful when you search for same thing often.


  1. Nice hint, but on my system it does not work for all files. For Example Acrobat Readers PDF can not be tagged.
    It seems like only Microsoft Filetypes and most graphicformats are tag able.

  2. I very seldom find I can tag a file, let alone a folder.
    It only seems to work in the Pictures folder.
    Tag boxes are sometimes there in the Detail tab of a file but can’t be changed from a ‘blank’

  3. I am having SO much trouble finding any info on the stupid tags field in Vista Windows explorer. While displaying a folders contents in Detailed mode (i am not talking about the details pane at the bottom of the folder) I enabled showing the TAG field. However, i have yet to be able to find a file type that suppots adding/editing anything in this field. What file types does Vista support in editing these fields? Is there a patch or hack so i can add my own tags? like on my avi files and PDF? Microsoft makes me so mad!!

  4. I have no trouble tagging files in Vista-64, and I use it extensively without a problem. I just wonder if there’s a hotkey to shortcut the field-edit.

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