Tagging pictures so that they're easier to find

Finding a picture on your computer can be very difficult, especially if you have thousands of them. You can make it easier to find your pictures by applying tags to the pictures. Later, you can use the search box to filter the pictures by tags or other criteria. For more information about finding pictures on your computer, see Managing your pictures.

Watch this video to learn how to add tags to pictures (1:00)

To add tags to pictures

  1. Open the Pictures library by clicking the Start button Picture of the Start button, and then clicking Pictures.

  2. Locate and click the picture that you want to tag.

    To select multiple pictures that you want to tag the same, press and hold down the Ctrl key, and then click the pictures you want to tag the same.

  3. In the details pane at the bottom of the window, next to Tags, click Add a tag, type a tag name, and then click Save.

    If the details pane isn't displayed, on the toolbar, click Organize, click Layout, and then click Details pane.

    Picture of details pane displaying tags for the selected picture
    The details pane displaying tags for the selected picture


  • In the details pane, you can also add a title and rate the picture. You can rate pictures with one-star to five-star ratings.

  • You might want to add tags to your pictures to identify people, the location, or the event shown in the picture.

  • You can add multiple tags to a picture. To separate tags, type a semicolon (;) between each tag.

  • After adding a tag to a picture, the tag will be displayed next to Tags in the details pane when you click a tagged picture.

  • You can also add tags when you're importing pictures from your camera. For more information about importing pictures from a camera, see How do I get pictures from my camera to my computer?

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