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Add ability to add metadata tags to files

Adds the ability to tag documents with metadata tags and to add another function to search in these metadata tags.

For users it will brings new opportunities how to organize their data. It's a different approach compared to storing files only in a directory structure.

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  • mike commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    This should be a standard. I can't believe we have 2019 and Microsoft still isn't capable of managing its own documents, like "any" other standard database has been doing for several decades.

  • Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    Great! We have thousands of paper documents to scan and would love to be able to add tags to the files. Now we have to resort to some type of directory structure.
    1) Scan the file
    2) Edit, Add Tags
    3) What if, when the paper is scanned, you could add tag words at the same time?

  • Bruce Hankins commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    At least make provision for simply using Tags. It doesn't necessarily need to be metadata columns as in SharePoint. Folders don't work. I can't believe this wasn't developed from the start. There was metadata in the very beginning and it was removed. And like everything else that's been removed, it ends up being brought back and made to be such a big deal when it was something we already had.

  • Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    Please support the ability to sync user-defined metadata fields like tags, comments etc. with OneDrive!

    The File Metadata extension ( that reuses unfinished Microsoft functionality is great.

    But OneDrive still doesn't support syncing the metadata:
    That's a major issue and it would be extremely helpful to fix it!

  • Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    The tool my company includes in its product enables tagging of photos via voice. While the photos are generic and can of course be sent to any Internet storage, it would be good to not just add, but also sort, filter, and view metadata on a photo. Other files will be good too.

  • Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    The ability to tag in metadata will allow virtual folders based on tags, where one document (film, photo, powerpoint, report etc) will appear in all the contexts where it would be relevant.

  • Caleb commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    This would allow us to use sharepoint over competing solutions.

  • Itpro44 commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    We have a number of sharepoint document libraries that people want to interact with via ODFB, the only limiting factor is that they can’t add metadata or sort by meta data. Bringing this functionally to ODFB would make it much more useful and allow people to interact with this data via ODFB instead of the web view of the library.

  • Michael Weber commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    for photos we should be able to edit the EXIF information.

    example: if you save photos from several family members in the same onedrive folder (by using a flow) it would be helpful to automatically add the name of the person who took the photo in the EXIF

  • Benjamin commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    Tagging should stay with a file - i.e. be synchronized as a file property when the file is synchronized or downloaded

  • Benjamin commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    Tagging should be a unified experience. Document properties for Word and Excel documents should be included as tags along with photo and music file tags.

  • Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    I have 30 years of home movies uploaded to OneDrive. Please include a searchable tag option! If you don't, I'll consider moving to a cloud service that does!

  • Steve Collins commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    Without the ability to add any kind of metadata, we are forcing users to resort to file names and folders to organise their content. This is inconsistent with the SharePoint experience.

  • Pavel Šimsa commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    bcz then if you assign the same categories to your threads you can find all files and emails related to a specific topic - i.e. if you're selling a car or renovating a house, you get to see all related stuff together. like scanned invoices, blueprints and emails with contractors. stuff like that. would be awfully cool!

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