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Windows 7: Cannot tag my PDF files

18 Oct 2009   #1
jaochoo

Windows 7
 
 
Cannot tag my PDF files

I am currently working on my thesis, so doing a lot of literature research and needing to manage a lot of PDF files. Now I tried to tag the PDF files which I stored on my external HDD but it wasn't possible. I right-click the file, then select properties and then details. There are some entries in the details tab but nothing for tags. The file is not read-only and the owner entry says "Everyone."

How can I tag my documents?


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18 Oct 2009   #2
kegobeer

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1
 
 

You can't tag PDF documents. You also can't add details (inside the PDF document), because that must be done during PDF creation. If you are running a 32 bit version of Windows 7, there should be an ifilter built in that allows you to crawl PDF documents via the Windows 7 search engine. For example, in Windows 7 you can go to a directory that has multiple word documents and you can search for terms inside a particular document. That document will be listed in the search pane. This should be the same for any 32 bit Windows operating system using a current (version 8 or higher) of Reader. AFAIK, there is no ifiler for 64 bit Windows 7, but you can go here to read about workarounds.

So, to keep things organized, you'll need to manage some sort of folder/file structure so you know where things are located.
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18 Oct 2009   #3
logicearth

Windows 10 Pro (x64)
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by kegobeer View Post
...AFAIK, there is no ifiler for 64 bit Windows 7...
Adobe - Acrobat : For Windows : Adobe PDF iFilter 9 for 64-bit platforms
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20 Oct 2009   #4
jaochoo

Windows 7
 
 

I did not know that tagging is dependent on the file type. Why doesn't Microsoft implement a general tagging of any file for Windows so that you just can assign tags to every file you want?
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20 Oct 2009   #5
kegobeer

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by logicearth View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by kegobeer View Post
...AFAIK, there is no ifiler for 64 bit Windows 7...
Adobe - Acrobat : For Windows : Adobe PDF iFilter 9 for 64-bit platforms
I see it is for Vista x64, but not Windows 7 x64. Does it install and work correctly under 7 x64?
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20 Oct 2009   #6
kegobeer

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by jaochoo View Post
I did not know that tagging is dependent on the file type. Why doesn't Microsoft implement a general tagging of any file for Windows so that you just can assign tags to every file you want?
They don't own Adobe, so they can't force Adobe to implement anything. If you want the ability to tag an Adobe Acrobat file, then I suggest you contact them and request it.
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20 Oct 2009   #7
logicearth

Windows 10 Pro (x64)
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by kegobeer View Post
I see it is for Vista x64, but not Windows 7 x64. Does it install and work correctly under 7 x64?
I don't see why it wouldn't work for Windows 7.
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by jaochoo View Post
I did not know that tagging is dependent on the file type. Why doesn't Microsoft implement a general tagging of any file for Windows so that you just can assign tags to every file you want?
Tagging in depended on the file type because the information is stored in the file itself. The files metadata store needs to have some constructs to use for tags. Plus Adobe already slammed Microsoft for including PDF support in Office 2007 forcing it to be removed to a download.
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01 Jan 2010   #8
davidbeam

Windows 7
 
 
Here's my workaround

I found this thread when I was looking for a solution to the same problem that jaochoo faced: Organizing PDFs using the Windows 7 tagging system. For him any anyone else who comes across this thread, I thought I'd share the workaround I came up with.

I created a folder in my documents library where I dump all PDF files. For each PDF, I then create a Word document. In the Word document I write the title of the PDF, and make it a hyperlink to the file in the PDF folder. In effect, the Word document is a shortcut to the actual file. I can then add all the tags I want to the Word document, and otherwise file it for later reference.
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25 Jan 2010   #9
Carolynball

Windows 7
 
 

I also have lots of pdf files on my computer. I tried out creating a file with hyperlinks to my pdf files as jaochoo suggested. This works although it is a bit of a pain.

I have a 64 bit Windows 7 Dell and went to the link discussion suggested by kegobeer.
There is now an ifilter for 64 bit Adobe - Acrobat : For Windows : Adobe PDF iFilter 9 for 64-bit platforms.
Perhaps, I'm familiar with the terms, but this fix looks like it is for computers on a server. I need to sort on my home machine. Can someone clarify.
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11 May 2010   #10
mojibake

Windows 7 32-bit
 
 

I recommend using a seperate database. For pdfs I have been using Academic reference management software for researchers | Mendeley it is particularly suited for academic purposes and allows you to do loads of sorting and syncing on top of tagging. If you are still working on the thesis best of luck.
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