How to Tag Files to Tidy up Your Windows 10 Files

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Windows Search is a valuable, if underutilized tool. It’s great at finding simple things, those that have file names or meta tags that aid the operating system in uncovering what you’re looking for. But, let’s be realistic here, that’s not most things. Luckily, there’s an overlooked system for organizing your files -- without requiring an intricate system of sub-files and folders -- that could do the trick, if only you knew it existed.


This works with any type of file in almost any location. For this example, though, we’re going to clean up a folder of images by adding searchable tags.

  1. Open File Explorer.
  2. Click Downloads. Remember, you can actually use this trick on just about any file or folder in Windows. So, you don’t have to follow along to a tee here, you can improvise using the folders and files of your choice. downloads-copy
  3. Right-click the file you’d like to tag and choose Properties.
  4. Switch over to the Details tab.
  5. At the bottom of the Description heading, you’ll see Tags. Double-click to add your own tags.
  6. Add a descriptive tag or two (you can add as many as you’d like). You can add more than one tag by separating the two with a semicolon.
  7. Press Enter when you’re done.
  8. Press OK to save the change.


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  • Steve Says:

    advise readers that this only works on a restricted number of file types. works on *.docx, but not on *.mp3. for me, tagging mp3's is more important.

  • Rachael Says:

    I use Windows 10 Pro. I really need to be able to tag/comment on my folders so I can sort them according to a defined criteria; however, when I right-click in File Explorer and choose the PROPERTIES tab, there is no DETAILS tab to allow me to do what you suggest. Do you know why or if there is a work-around? Thank you.

  • Dennis E. Farmer Says:

    I have a lot of information that I need to keep confidential until I am ready to open to public. This information is scattered on my 3 different computers .

  • Dennis E. Farmer Says:

    This is very important thing for me to know because of all of my files are on mixed media and very important to keep secured on the other Windows accounts that I have .

  • Dennis E. Farmer Says:

    Thank you.This is a good reminder for me to find since I have a Microsoft and a Windows 10 computer.

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