How to Add Metadata to Folders

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Metadata is "data about data," data in a file or folder that is not immediately visible. For a MP3 file, for instance, this might include the song name and album title. Folder metadata is slightly different though. The metadata is less text-based than file metadata, instead revolving around options and permissions. You can add metadata to a folder, or change the existing metadata, from Windows Explorer.

  • Right-click on the folder to which you wish to add metadata.

  • Select "Properties."

  • Click the "Sharing" tab to add or change permissions about who can view the folder.

  • Click the "Security" tab to add restrictions on what different users can do with the folder.

  • Click the "Customize" option to add metadata controlling how the folder displays the files. Optimizing the folder this way tells it what type of files it contains and changes how it displays them. For instance, a video folder will display the files one way, while a text document folder will display them differently.

  • Close the window to save changes.

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