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Windows 7: Adding keywords to photos for searching

10 May 2015   #1

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Adding keywords to photos for searching

Can anyone recommend a photo-collection management software that would allow me to add keywords (flowers, dogs, trees, river, etc.) to each photos which would then allow me to search through a number of folders by a particular keyword? Say, I search by the word river and get all the pictures, regardless of folder, that have the keyword river attached to them.

Thanks in advance for all help.

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10 May 2015   #2

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 1

Well you could use IrfanView

You could install it without making it your default image editor (don't associate file types when asked)

Then step by step instructions are going to be difficult to provide but hopefully you are bright enough to figure out how to use this software.

What you need to know:

Thumbnail view must be enabled in the toolbar. In order to batch edit EXIF & IPTC data you need to open the folder containing your photos using IrfanView and select all photos where you need to add keywords. (Ctrl + Shift to select multiples)

Edit: (Ctrl + Click or Shift + Click to select multiples)

Once you've highlighted your thumbnails right click and choose "JPG Lossless Operations)

Adding keywords to photos for searching-irfanview-2.jpg

Then choose either of the following depending upon your needs:

Adding keywords to photos for searching-irfanview-3.jpg

Once you've written the keywords / comments you can use the search function.

Adding keywords to photos for searching-irfanview-1.jpg

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10 May 2015   #3

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 1

Added images that I forgot to attach!
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10 May 2015   #4

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 1

Sorry but I also forgot to add that you actually need to install the IrfanView plugin pack too. Instructions are on the website.
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10 May 2015   #5

windows 7 Home Premium

Hello Callender, thank you very much for your advice. I have Corel Paint Shop Pro, and Faststone Image Viewer which allow me to view an entire folder of thumbs with the file name underneath. Both programs also allow me to "tag" individual thumbs within the folder and then to select to view only the tagged images. This is good if I wanted to make a "movie". However, neither program allows me to attach a selection of words to each picture.

I shall try the IrfanView you recommended and see if it does what I want it to do, i.e. search for and view all pictures with the word, say, statue, attached even if they happen to be in 15 different folders.

Example of my idea of keywords: a picture of a statue between two trees with a river in the background and heavy cloud formations in the sky: Keywords = statue, water, river, turf, tree, cloud ---- and the ability to search against any one of those words. I have some 5000 pictures so keywording them will be a rather extensive task to begin with.

Thanks again.
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10 May 2015   #6

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 1

So no need to tag then - just try the search.
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