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Windows 8.1: The Missing Manual by David Pogue

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People, Tags, Geotags, Captions, Ratings, and Flags

It’s awfully hard for software to search for a photo by what it shows. Scientists are working on this problem, but at the moment, only a human can quickly spot a photo that shows “Uncle Frank looking humiliated on his porch.”

Photo Gallery helps to solve this problem with five powerful text bits that you can associate with each photo—and search for them:

  • People tags. The program can instantly locate all photos of a certain person—either because you’ve hand-labeled those photos, or because you’ve used its face-recognition feature to label those photos automatically.

  • Descriptive tags are descriptive keywords—like Family, Vacation, or Kids—that you can use to label and categorize your photos and videos.

  • Geotags. Some cameras (and most phones) can automatically stamp each photo not just with the time and date you took it, but also with where you took it. The geographic coordinates are embedded right into the file itself.

  • Captions. Sometimes you need more than a one- or two-word title to describe a picture. Fortunately, Photo Gallery lets you add much longer captions to your photos.

  • Ratings are, of course, star ratings from 0 to 5, meaning that you can categorize your pictures by how great they are.

The beauty of people tags, geotags, captions, descriptive tags, and ratings is that they’re searchable. Want to comb through all the photos in your library to find every closeup taken of your children during summer vacation? Instead of browsing ...

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