Creating custom tags

The most definitive kind of tag is one that you create to fit the photos you have in your repertoire. Tags that you create with specific, personalized descriptions help to categorize and organize your inventory of files into groups that have a common element and allow you to locate and gather them on your system quickly and efficiently.

You can use custom tags in addition to, or in lieu of, subcategorical tags. What counts is that the tags are useful and meaningful to you and that they enable you to be as organized — and as productive — as possible.

To create a custom tag, follow these steps:

1. Click the Create New Tag button in the Tags pane.

You also can choose TagONew Tag. Or you can right-click a category or subcategory tag and choose Create New Tag from the context-sensitive menu.

The Tag Icon Editor dialog box appears.

2. From the pop-up menu, choose the Category or Subcategory under which you want the tag to be organized.

For example, you can choose the Events category.

You also can choose New Sub-Category from the pop-up menu to create a subcategory for this custom tag.

3. Type the name of the custom tag in the Tag text box.

For example, type Vacation 2003.

4. Type a note if you wish to provide more descriptive information regarding the tag.

For example, if your tag is "Vacation 2003," you may want to add a note that says, "Summer family vacation in Washington, D.C., June 2003."

5. Click OK to close the dialog box.

You won't see a photograph on the tag icon when you first create it. Instead, you see a question mark, as shown in Figure 5-10. When you attach the tag to your files, the first file in the Photo Well supplies the thumbnail photo for the icon. You also can edit the icon photo if you want. See the section "Modifying and deleting tags" later in this chapter.

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