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How come I can't see my Adobe Bridge tags in File Explorer?

New Here ,
Oct 18, 2017 Oct 18, 2017

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How come I can't see my photo tags anywhere else?

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Oct 18, 2017 Oct 18, 2017

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What do you mean by “tags”?

Keywords? Labels? Ratings? Something else?

I presume that this is on MS Windows OS?

Can you provide screenshots or further useful information?

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Oct 19, 2017 Oct 19, 2017

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Hello Stephen A Marsh

Yes. I mean keywords. We attach them to our photos in Adobe Bridge, but when we search our file explorer directory, the tags (or keywords) are not attached to the photos. There is no searchability. My ultimate goal is to find something (anything!) that makes the tags(keywords) show up with the photo. We have a huge photo library that is tagged but is inaccessible to anyone who isn't a graphic designer.

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Oct 19, 2017 Oct 19, 2017

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For what it is worth, Bridge CC 2017 Keywords show up as “tags” in Windows 7 File Explorer for me.

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Adobe Employee ,
Oct 20, 2017 Oct 20, 2017

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Hi lorif31636158,

For me too the applied keywords/ratings are shown under tags in Windows 10 .Please let us know if you needed more info on this.

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Nov 02, 2017 Nov 02, 2017

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I am actually experiencing something similar. I'm working in Windows 7. My coworker and I are assigning keywords to .eps and .psd files in Bridge, but those keywords do not carry over into Windows Explorer. Is there something we should be doing? Missing a step? It works fine on .jpg files.

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Nov 02, 2017 Nov 02, 2017

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Metadata can be complex… It’s depends on the file format, software writing the tags and the software reading the tags etc.

For example, Bridge is only writing the keyword data to the newer XMP-dc:Subject metadata field for EPS files, whereas some software is only looking at the older/legacy IPTC:Keyword field. In the case of say JPEG, TIFF or PSD files – both metadata fields are being populated, however it then depends on the software being used on which field/s are displayed, even if the metadata is in the file.

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Nov 03, 2017 Nov 03, 2017

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So is there a way to attach metadata keywords/tags to .eps and .psd files so that they will show up in both Bridge and our Windows 7 version of Windows File Explorer? How do we do it? Maybe a plugin we can download or some type of workaround? Or is it just not possible?  (Thank you!)

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Nov 03, 2017 Nov 03, 2017

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You are limited by the software, in this case Windows 7 OS.

If you can view the metadata in Bridge or other software, then you know it is there and if it can’t be viewed in Windows 7 you will need to use other software or look for software to extend the OS etc.

ExifTool and other derivative software (whether a GUI or other stand alone software) can write both the current XMP-dc:Subject metadata and the legacy IPTC:Keyword metadata, however it will still depend on the final software used to display the files on whether you can see this info or not for specific file formats.

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Jul 05, 2024 Jul 05, 2024

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I have the exact same issue, but I have Bridge 2020 and windows 11. IS THERE ANY PROGRAM OR TRICK TO GET WINDOWS EXPLORER (AND SEARCH) TO READ THE BRIDGE EMBEDED KEYWORDS?!

Please help.

Thanks

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LEGEND ,
Jul 05, 2024 Jul 05, 2024

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Windows Explorer Properties->Details tab. Keywords will be shown as tags as long as those keywords are written to dc:subject.

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Jul 05, 2024 Jul 05, 2024

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As previously stated, it depends on the file format, metadata and software searching the files.

 

It's an unfortunate fact that MS Widows (File) Explorer is very limited when it comes to searching file metadata. I'm not sure if Win 11 offers any great improvement over Win 10 when it comes to metadata.

 

For example in Windows 10 Explorer, Bridge Keywords or "Tags" can be searched for JPEG files, but not PSD file. I also had to search for non-indexed files.

 

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Here we can see that Bridge returns results for both JPEG and PSD:

 

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The Mac's Finder offers extensive metadata and file property based searches:

 

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