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How do I tag files in Windows with TaggedFrog?

TaggedFrog has an incredibly clean and easy to use interface that allows the users to simply drag and drop files into the GUI to add tags to a file.

We all use tags. Whether we know it or not, they are in our lives, every day, making digital life easier. Tags make our file searching as well as our digital organization infinitely easier. But in many cases, the tools used for tagging files aren't as easy as many would like them to be. Because so many people do not have the understanding of how PCs work, they want for the easiest possible solution to every problem. One of the easiest solutions to tagging files in Windows Explorer is TaggedFrog.

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This handy little application has an incredibly clean and easy-to-use interface that allows users to simply drag and drop files into the GUI to add tags to a file. Of course, that's not all. TaggedFrog features include:

  • Integration with Windows Explorer
  • Tagging of Web links, Office documents, PDF documents, images, and more
  • Simple-to-use interface
  • Fast access to dispersed files using tagging in the clouds
  • Direct opening of files
  • Support for English, German, Japanese, Russian, and Spanish languages
  • Auto-tagging 

There is very little need to discuss how TaggedFrog is installed, as it is a standard Windows installation. Simply download the latest install file and double-click the downloaded file to begin the installation.

Now that you've been tempted, let's see how TaggedFrog works.

Usage

Using TaggedFrog is as simple as it sounds. When you first open TaggedFrog, you should immediately feel at home with the GUI (Figure A).

Figure A

As you can see, I already have some tags created for files. When you first open TaggedFrog, there will be no tags.

Let's walk through the process of adding tags to files.

  1. Open TaggedFrog.
  2. Open an instance of Windows Explorer (to My Documents or wherever you save your files).
  3. Drag and drop files from Windows Explorer to either the upper or lower pane in TaggedFrog.
  4. When the Tag window opens (Figure B), enter a comma-delimited list of tags you want to add to the files.
  5. Click OK.

Figure B

From this window you can also add more files to be included with these tags by clicking the "+" button.

That's it. But that is not the only way to add tags to files. Remember that TaggedFrog integrates with Windows Explorer. So let's take a look at the steps for adding tags from within Windows Explorer.

  1. Open Explorer.
  2. Navigate to the directory containing the files you want to tag.
  3. Right-click a file.
  4. Select Add Tags from the context menu.
  5. When the Tag window opens, enter your tags as you did in the steps above (starting with Step 4).

You can also follow the same steps above (for Windows Explorer) and tag multiple files. To do this:

  1. Open Explorer.
  2. Navigate to the directory containing the files you want to tag.
  3. Click the first file you want to tag.
  4. Click on and hold the Control key as you select the other files you want to tag.
  5. Click File | Add Tags...
  6. Follow the steps above (starting with Step 4) and complete the tagging.

As you begin building up your collection of tags, make sure you use your tags wisely. Many of your files will span multiple tags, which is good. This categorizes your files in a much more orderly fashion.

Finding your files

After you have tagged those files, let's take a look at how you find and open them. Remember in Figure A where you saw the small list of tags I had already created? If you click on one of those tags, a list of files will appear in the lower pane. Say you click on the Accounting tag I created. When you do that, all files with the accounting tag will appear in the lower pane. To open one of those files, you simply double-click the listing from that lower pane. Simple.

You will also notice, in the left vertical pane, an expanded tree view of file types, including Bookmarks, Images, Office Documents, and PDF documents. If you click on one of those listings, you will see that your tag listing (in the upper right pane) changes to reflect only those tags that contain that type of document.

Managing tags

Finally you can edit your tags by clicking the Manage Tags link in the left pane. What you can do with this option is:

  • Rename a tag
  • View the statistics of the tag
  • Delete the tag

You can also create Favorites that will take a general category and show all files related to that category. Let's say you have the tags:

  • Linux
  • Open Source
  • Ubuntu

Create a Favorite and add only the Linux tag to it, All files related to the Linux tag will display. So if you have files that are tagged:

  • Linux
  • Linux, Open Source
  • Linux, Open Source, Ubuntu
  • Ubuntu, Linux

All of them will show when you click the Linux favorite.

Final thoughts

TaggedFrog is an outstanding means to keep your files better organized and your work more efficient. As your collection of files grows ever larger, I highly recommend this free application to help keep your files and folders from getting lost in the mire.

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