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Windows 7: Flagging a gadget slide show photo so it can be searched for later.

30 Sep 2011   #1
BudVitoff

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 
Flagging a gadget slide show photo so it can be searched for later.

My daughter likes to apply long descriptive file names to her photos, not right after downloading, but rather when she sees an interesting one during a gadget slide show. I want her to be able to flag the changed photo so that I can later search for it, remove the flag, and update the photo on her external backup.

I tried having her insert a "$" somewhere in the file name, but Windows Explorer search can't find it, even if it's in position 1. It can find a tag, but there doesn't seem to be a way to tag a photo while it's showing during a gadget slide show.

Can you tell me what I (or the system) is doing wrong, and how I can accomplish this relatively simple task?


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30 Sep 2011   #2
Britton30
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ultimate X64 SP1
 
 

Welcom to Seven Forums Bud. How about having her put her name as the first entry. "Amy nice sunset on the beach.jpg" Then a search for "Amy" should bring them up.
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30 Sep 2011   #3
BudVitoff

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 

Thanks, but how is this any different from using "$ Nice sunset on the beach.jpg"?
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30 Sep 2011   #4
Britton30
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ultimate X64 SP1
 
 

Windows uses the $ as part of its own system, i.e. $recycle, $windir, etc. Or the search function may be programmed to find only letters and numbers, I don't have a factual answer.
Does the way I suggested work?
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30 Sep 2011   #5
BudVitoff

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 

I chose the $ because it was unusual and not in the list of forbidden file name characters. Maybe it should be.

I tried using an equally unusual "xxx" just before the .jpg, but search didn't find it. So I tried it your way, at the beginning of the file name and all was well. Not a very smart search. I know at least two languages with a single instruction that will find a sub-string anywhere within a string.

We're on our way. Another feather in your cap. Thanks for your help.
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30 Sep 2011   #6
Britton30
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ultimate X64 SP1
 
 

Glad to hear it. Something else to check is in Contol Panel/Folder Options/Search tab. Change those setting around and see if search will find either $ or xxx.
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