Searching your digital photos on computer

Once your photos are organized & tagged by tagEZ. Then searching is really piece of cake. You can search using any tool of your choice. In fact use standard Windows File Explorer that you already have on PC. Remember we promised to keep your life EZ. So we don’t like you to learn a new tool or install a new app.

Some of the tools could be Windows File Explorer, Adobe Lightroom, Microsoft Windows Gallery, Google Picassa etc. For your better understanding, we have enlisted step-by-step instructions. Read on!

  • To demonstrate how to find your digital photos from the organized folder, here we will be using Windows Explorer & Microsoft Photo Gallery. 
  • We will be using 4 common tags namely aquarium, Dubai, waterfront, Bandon Beach to search for photos using both the tools. And result set of photos must be same if tagEZ done it’s job right. Which is storing TAG information inside the photos itself.
  • Idea is to demonstrate you can use tool of your choice and it will just work.

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Search with built in Windows File Explorer, say looking for aquarium

In the Search Bar, type the aforementioned tags one-by-one and see the outstanding result Since these photos are already TAGGED with tag – aquarium, we will try to use the same to search.

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Let say you are searching fro photos you taken at Dubai

Dubai photos include photos taken at aquarium as well at Burj Khalifa, so we should get them all in the results.

Now let's try to search photos at waterfront

Just type water front on search bar

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Now let's try to look up photos taken at Bandon beach Oregon

Just type Bandon beach. Note that you can also limit the results by saying, only 2014, just in case if you made multiple trips to the Bandon beach

Now let's see some examples to search using Microsoft Windows Photo Gallery

Now, we have seen how Windows Explorer works, it is time to show you how to play around with Microsoft Photo Gallery.  The first step in the process is – Download Microsoft Photo gallery. You can download from a location of your choice. However we noted that, there were issues reported ( we faced that too ) installing setup from other places. So for your convenience we are presenting the link that worked for us. Once the installation completes, launch the software and refer to the screenshot below. By clicking on the ‘Include Folder’, you will add the folder containing organized photos. Simply, press Ctrl + F tab to start searching for the photos using the same keywords. We bet you will be amazed to see the same results

One time include your photo folder to Windows Photo gallery
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Now let's search Aquarium

Just type Aquarium. You will notice exact same results that you saw while using Windows Explorer. That is the beauty of storing TAG information inside photo using industry standard EXIF header.

Now let's try Dubai
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Now let's search waterfront

Just type Aquarium. You will notice exact same results that you saw while using Windows Explorer. That is the beauty of storing TAG information inside photo using industry standard EXIF header.

Now let's search same Bandon beach
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See, ain’t that EZ!   To watch the video, click here.

Pro Tip: You may use File Explorer to search for photos. But we recommend that if you have a truckload of organized photos, Windows built in File Explorer will not be the good search tool. Because it gets slower with volume of photos. In such a case, use any other tool that is capable of searching TAGs in a photo. Happy organizing & Searching! We tried both Microsoft Photo Gallery and Picasa to gladly handle very high volume of photos.