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.
While we don’t have an update here for adding metadata tags to files, we are continuing to explore this as part of the future roadmap. We recently announced the ability to edit existing metadata from within Teams and will continue to invest in metadata scenarios.
I used to be able to add tags to pictures in OneDrive, why did you remove this feature? Bizarrely, if I search using a word I know is in a tag the photos are still returned, so the tags are clearly stored, but there's no way to view the tags which I know are there or to edit them. Please at least restore the functionality that's been removed!
Please get the tag search back. I have been tagging my photos since long time a go. Now, I can not search for "Haakons birthday" and show to the family when we celebrate the next birthday.
We have same issue, we have been using Box, which has adding tag option, allowed our team to know each other which project is pending or done or who's working on what, now with Onedrive we need to call or email each other and wait for the answer.
Jamie Gilliam commented
I'm surprised to see this isn't already done considering it is in place on the retail side:
Adding and searching tags from OneDriveWeb was working fine until some point in May 2020. Then it suddenly stopped working. I have contacted your support about this issue and they keep claiming that there engineers are working on the problem. I do not understand why this basic function in OneDriveWeb has been removed.
I put tags to my photos on my local storage and uploads to OneDrive. I think that Microsoft has removed this possibility of some reason, which I can not understand. Anyone with the same problem?
This is the last answer i got from the Swedish support on One Drive:
Att du har problem med taggarna är som sagt ett problem som våra ingenjörer internt håller på att arbeta med. Jag är lite osäker på vad du menar när du säger att du inte har fått något svar.
I vårt system så kan jag inte se att du har svarat på mitt senaste mejl, där jag förklarar att ingenjörerna håller på att arbeta med problemet och att jag inte kan ge dig någon direkt tidsram för när problemet kommer att lösas. Vi har inte tagit bort funktionen, utan det är som sagt ett problem som håller på att undersökas och arbetas med just nu. Våra ingenjörer har väldigt mycket att göra och av denna anledningen så kan det dröja lite tid innan det fungerar igen.
Jan Meffert commented
Very annoying that tagging no longer works in OneDrive. Why doesn't MS communicate about this? If the fix is going to take a long time, I'm forced to switch to DropBox or GDrive.
Michelle Norkin commented
Is there an update on this? Can I tag my images in one drive ? A photographer and this would be incredibly beneficial
I agree. Implementing SharePoint-like columns or even a single hashtag column would be invaluable. Right now, my organization's use of OneDrive is severely limited due to this lack of functionality.
This would be soooooo helpful when organizing your information stored on one drive
Laszlo Bokor commented
It would be very interesting stuff, right now we are doing this differentiation with directories (moving to folders), which is quite a bad approach, due to the fact that if a file is moved then it will be synced on all other devices, slowing down Onedrive and the whole PC, moreover, these moving are not one time jobs.
We use O365 platform, we have to migrate all the digital library outside of SharePoint and Onedrive as the Communication Team can not edit nor retain the meta-data in the digtal media files, as well as the geo-location
Windows OS offers this ability and sure I can search and filter using windows explorer but if I am remote accessing files using a mobile app I cannot search those tags within OneDrive. Very inconvienent.
Tags/labels/categories would be great, along with integration in Teams.
Outlook is a great example of what can be achieved with categories and search folders.
GMail also have the nice feature of presenting a hierarchical view as soon as a label contains some "/" signs. Very clever and dead simple.
Karl Schneider commented
Adding the ability to tag documents in OneDrive would be massively useful to our business. It would make organising and finding documents much easier, allowing us to categories the same document in multiple ways (e.g. by project, client name, owner). I can't think of anything more important to add to OneDrive for us at the moment.
It is tough to convince people to work in sharepoint web interface only, some cases require the onedrive client but we cannot use it with metadata. People that need offline access to files when in transport can't do any work. Very inappropriate.
It just doesnt make sense that I can add tags to try and move towards a folderless situation in sharepoint but not in my onedrive.
Rajat Malik commented
Tags should sync across mobile and web. Tags should be viewable on the OneDrive mobile app.
Chris Lieby commented
Please don't stop there. Tag support of photos isn't enough. We need to be able to tag documents, particularly now that we can scan documents into OneDrive and recognize the text. Organizing by folders is too limited when a given document could have multiple tags.
Nick Cloke commented
Adding metadata keyword tags to files in OneDrive would be so useful, especially used alongside the existing function to intelligently recognise the content of image files.
Hey OneDrive Team, Tags would be great, of course it must be possible to filter by that later. As I see it there is kind of "metadata" support already (Description Field), but unfortunatelly this is not included in the search function...