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Windows® 7 Visual™ Quick Tips by Paul McFedries

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4.10. Make Files Easier to Find by Adding Metadata

You can make your files easier to find by adding custom metadata to each file.

Metadata refers to data — called properties — that describes or augments existing data. For example, the name of the person who created a document is a metadata property for that document. Similarly, a digital photo's properties might include the make and model of the camera used to take the image, the exposure time, f-stop setting, and so on. Although metadata such as the image exposure time and f-stop is determined by the camera, Windows 7 enables you to add your own metadata to many types of files. For example, you can add the name or names of the file authors; you can add a title and comments about a file; you ...

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