Folder metadata in Windows Explorer

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  1. Ragnarsson

    Ragnarsson New Member

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    I have a 2 TB hard drive with over 1000 movies, with a folder for each movie, as each movie consists of one or more files, along with a jpg file with the movie cover.

    Currently the title of each folder contains the movie title, the year of release, imdb rating and some other info.

    Now I have upgraded to Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit, and want to use all those nifty Windows 7 Explorer details for organizing my movie collection. I want to shorten the title of each folder down to just the movie title, and move all the info into the relative fields in the file operating system, so I can sort by those various fields, e.g. when I want to watch the newest movies, or the ones with the highest ratings, etc.

    I am aware of various applications on the market that are specifically designed for organizing one's media library, but that's not what I'm looking for. I want to use the Windows 7 file operating system to do this.

    My problem is I can't seem to find a way to give a folder any metadata (aka details or tags) like I'm able to give video files or audio files.

    So the question is: Does Windows 7 not permit metadata on folders?
     
  2. zvit

    zvit Honorable Member

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    Ragnarsson New Member

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    I knew about SharePoint and various media database applications, but wanted to do this via the Windows 7 file operating system. I'll stop battling the windmills then.

    Thanks zwit. Un point à vous.
     
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    zvit Honorable Member

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    Vous êtes les bienvenus
     
  5. iconeo

    iconeo New Member

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    I registered just to answer this as I needed to find the answer as well. Your answer is mostly correct as you can hack it a bit to create "metadata".

    Create a desktop.ini file inside the folder that you want to be labeled and paste in the code below. You can then change "Subject" to "Rap" or what have you. Then simply turn on the "Subject" category to be visible.
    [{F29F85E0-4FF9-1068-AB91-08002B27B3D9}]
    Prop2=31,Title
    Prop3=31,Subject
    Prop4=31,Author
    Prop5=31,Keywords(Tags)
    Prop6=31,Comment
     
  6. cipnrkorvo

    cipnrkorvo New Member

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    thanks iconeo this was the most helpful answer. it's a bit complicated (because you can't just edit the metadata by clicking on it.you have to go in and edit the "desktop.ini" file), but it's the closest to folder metadata you can get on windows so far.

    I wonder if Microsoft's new filesystem "REFS" will allow metadata with folders. I REALLY hope it will! it’s really simple, but it would change people’s way of working. imagine, you could sort your files kind of like you sort your email in GMail, with filters and search, instead of hierarchy. 1 file could be in more than 1 “folder”/filter at the same time. that’s the future! (here’s an article that explains the concept: Skytopia : Towards a single folder metadata (database) filesystem)
     
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    Thank you for this info. I followed the steps above and was able to make the categories visible in Windows Explorer. Now can I use the Search tool to search for items in the various categories? For ex. if I want to search for all folders containing the words 'travel info.' in the keywords or tags. How do I do that?
     
    #7 Publication Editor, Oct 7, 2014
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