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 second Mike Goatly's clear insight:
· October 31, 2014 02:01 ·
This feature would be really helpful when integrating third party apps with OneDrive.
For example, when working with OneDrive, we're required to make the names of files stored there meaningful to the end user (it's their data after all), but this isn't always helpful for applications - these may have a unique identifier that identifies the data stored in the file.
Without having a way of associating some sort of "application id" metadata tag, the only way to find this information out is to store it as part of the filename or in the description (both ugly, and prone to the user changing the information) or alternatively downloading the file and extracting the relevant information (slow and unnecessary).
Beau Cameron commented
Exactly this. Wee need tagging back!
Kevin Turntine commented
Return the functionality for having custom views of metadata on our OneDrive for Business files, which is present in Classic View. The new interface removes this ability that our business users have adopted to provide multiple ways to organize their data. The result of not having this back before completely sunsetting classic view is that our users will have a long list of files at the root and have to completely re-organize their files into folders. Huge impact to all of our users in having to rework something they just completed. Metadata is core to SharePoint philosophies in organizing information and OneDrive for Business is a good starting point for an enterprise get users acclimated.
Metadata is more than photo tags. Actually photo tags are included in the files.
Metadata like OS X document colors or spotlight keywords are saved separately. File permissions are also a kind of metadata. Dropbox does sync all those things across devices. It would be really great if OneDrive could handle this too! :)
Eulises Melo commented
Kevin we're working on the color coding on the photos but when a little further.... we are color coding friends too!!! That way you can group them by ethic colors!! that will be a Kevin only feature!! hope u like it.
Eulises Melo commented
Douglas thanks for the update on geotagging and photo tagging we started the integration of the facebook and instagram API's to be integrated with ONEDRIVE so they should be seeing this soon. No time frame yet but we're on it.. not in the top priority thoe in the meantime keep using your facebook, iphoto and microsoft live photo tagging. Thanks
Please, please, please add both file/folder tagging AND color coding.
Yes please. I really need to be able to tag files. All kinds of files not just Office files and photos. Especially PDFs to organize my library. My wife has this ability on her Mac and it is super useful.
Compat with Windows Photo Gallery has gotten better, but I still cannot add tags (or captions) to multiple photos on OneDrive. I see also that better photo geotagging is also a much requested feature.
Really need the ability to manually add tags to multiple files. Right now it appears I can add a tag to an individual file or have OneDrive automatically tag them, but I really need to be able to select multiple files and then add one or more tags to the selected files. Having the tags be part of the files metadata needed as well.
Dan Morrissey commented
This would be particularly useful now Music can be uploaded to OneDrive for editing album titles, artist info etc. I know it could be done by right-clicking the file on the desktop, but it's not possible within the browser interface even though the info can be viewed...
Volker Haigis commented
i'm supporting professional home entertainment systems with large music collections. today tagging of music file meta data is not working. local changes are not saved properly. i have to download the file to another local drive and to upload after tagging. and after tagging i want to be shure that xbox music app updates that tag info.
In Windows Media Player in Windows XP, we could edit metadata through the advanced tag editor. We had the full ID3 specification available - language, mood, country, front cover, back cover, lyrics, and so on. I would like a right-click option on OneDrive for any mp3 file that lets us edit metadata right on OneDrive. The full ID3 specification, every single field, should be available for us.
Admin - I've just looked at your link above and am wondering what possessed you to have the print in grey. Perhaps my eyes are not as good as they used to be, but I have read thousands of books and to the best of my memory (also not as good as it used to be) they were all printed in black print on white paper. Don't re-invent the wheel if it works. I guess I'd better go and find my reading glasses and go back to your link.
Right now I use the tagging features in OneDrive very little, because no metadata entered from the web interface is saved back to the files themselves. Everybody wouldn't want this, but I would love such an option.
Metadata that lives in any kind of "sidecar" storage (be it in the cloud) is bound to be disassociated with the file at one point. So, I would never spend any serious amount of time tagging in OneDrive as things work today.
[Deleted User] commented
As far as I remember Office files do support having tags. Then naturally this should be supported by OneDrive. Preferably not only for Office files.
I'm really liking the update to OneDrive on the web with regards to tag management. The ability to view GPS coordinates on a map is also helpful. Thanks.
Add "adding tag" feature to multiple files at once (in browser). Presently selecting more than one files removes everytihnkg useful from the info pane.
Geoff Coupe commented
Photo Tags, and searching of the tags, is now supported in OneDrive. See
I believe that this is already supported with custom columns. Especially enterprise keywords after users are allowed to add their own terms, folksonomy style.