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Windows® 7 Visual™ Quick Tips by Paul McFedries

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6.7. Use Metadata for More Powerful Searches

You can take advantage of the many file properties supported by Windows 7 to search for files based on the author, keywords, and other data.

In Windows 7, you can perform sophisticated searches by using a number of different properties. These file properties are called metadata because they are data that describe the data on your system — that is, your documents. Chapter 4 described how to add metadata.

For example, the Authors property specifies the name of the person (or people) who created a document. Similarly, the Tags property lists one or more words or phrases that describe the contents of a document. For music files, you can search on the Genre name, Album title, Artist name, and more.

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