Using the Tags pane

To display the Tags pane, choose ViewOTags. (You also can click the Organize button in the Shortcuts bar.) The Tags pane is control central for working with tags. By default, tags fall into four categories of tags: People, Places, Events, and Other. If you don't have a large inventory of files, these default categories may be sufficient. But if you need more specificity, you can add your own subcategories. And if you need even more identification, you can create your own custom tags under a category or subcategory.

You can attach one or more tags to a file. For example you may have all of your family photos tagged with the Family tag. Within that group of family photos, some may also be tagged with a Christmas tag or a Vacation tag. This cross-reference allows you to quickly find all family photos or just the family photos that were taken at Christmas or while on vacation, as shown in Figure 5-5. And like I mentioned above, these files can be stored in different folders or on CDs or elsewhere in your system.

If you make a mistake or decide you aren't happy with the way you have tagged and organized your images, you can always edit your tags, or even delete them and start over.

The Tags pane displays and manages all of your various tags, including category tags, subcategory tags, and the custom tags you create within those two groups.

As you can see in Figure 5-6, you can use the Tags pane to click buttons to create, attach, edit, select, and delete tags. You also can choose various viewing options; for example, you can choose small, medium, or large icons for your tags, and organize the tags in alphabetical order. Click the triangle to the left of the tag name to view or hide subcategories or custom tags.

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