Need help adding a tag to a file, simple right?

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  1. emcee2's Avatar
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    Need help adding a tag to a file, simple right?


    Simple question from a noob.

    I am perplexed with the simple task of adding a tag to a PNG file in File Explorer (Windows 10).

    I've looked up how to achieve this, but no joy. Unfortunately, I seem to be missing something... I can follow along with the instructions until I get to "On the Details tab, double-click the Tags line to add one or more tags, separating each one with a semicolon". -- I don't have a Tag line in my Details tab. (as you can see in the attached image).

    What am I overlooking?

    Thanks for any help you can send my way. I just want to tag (color code or label) the files as they are uploaded.


    So far my journey from Mac to PC (MacOS to Windows 10) has been fairly painless. The build went smooth, problems with Windows installation were overcome, Apps are basically the same as on the Mac and those that are new to me have been logically laid-out and simple to pick-up. What's giving me problems are the key commands (30 years of muscle memory is hard to overcome) and File Explorer versus Finder. (Which for this conversation includes where the system stores files). I seem to get lost very easily.

    I find it interesting that when I search Google for help transitioning from Finder to File Explorer, I mostly get back results with people going the other way and a lot talk about how they like File Explorer so much more than Finder. I think this shows people don't like change, but maybe File Explorer is better and I'll figure it out one day.

    Thanks, emcee2


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  2. Macboatmaster's Avatar
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    adding a tag to a PNG file in File Explorer (Windows 10).
    as you have found out from the other sites where you have posted the same question
    PNG files cannot be tagged in Windows without using third party tools
    JPEG can but not PNG

    See here
    How to enable tags for unsupported files on Windows 10

    I have no knowledge of the suggested app and do not offer it with any suggestion from me that you should use it
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  3. emcee2's Avatar
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    Not sure I feel comfortable with this hack. I'll keep looking around to see if something more along Mac's Finder shows up.

    I would have never thought this was tough to do on Windows. (Simply changing the color of the file's icon would go a long way in achieving what I want).
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  4. Macboatmaster's Avatar
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    Cheers
    Good luck with it
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  5. emcee2's Avatar
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    I got 'File Meta Association Manager' up and running. Took a bit of poking around and some trial and error, (heavy on the error) to get it to work.

    We'll see how well it works in my normal pipeline, I think I'm happy.
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  6. Macboatmaster's Avatar
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    Pleased to have helped
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  7. dalchina's Avatar
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    You can see how it works in the registry using Windows features to modify the available details:
    Need help adding a tag to a file, simple right?-1.jpg
    You can also see how it is reversible (The old version is kept).

    The effect of adding "Simple" metadata to png:
    Need help adding a tag to a file, simple right?-2.jpg

    As to why MS took some of the decisions they did.. well...
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  8. emcee2's Avatar
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    I got to the same place using 'File Meta Association Manager' . It is working just like I wanted. I now mark files "Uploaded" once they have been.

    I still run into problems navigating around folders/directories, even finding drives sometimes. Everything about Explorer is counterintuitive to me after driving a Mac for so long.

    I seem to be slowly adding apps and tweaking settings to make things more Mac like. I had stated my goal was to not be 'one of those guys' but this is the third or fourth alteration I've made (at least).

    Maybe I should just go all in and see how close to a Mac I can make it feel. or maybe I'll just see what I can do to work through my issues with Explorer.
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  9. dalchina's Avatar
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    Adding ways to find favourite and recent folders and files in most applicable dialogues is something I find helpful - also the ability to keep a window 'on top'.
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  10. emcee2's Avatar
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    dalchina said:
    Adding ways to find favourite and recent folders and files in most applicable dialogues is something I find helpful - also the ability to keep a window 'on top'.
    Any apps you might suggest?
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