Basic Photo Organization: Rename and Tag Pictures

It took me awhile, but I finally finished. Whew!

Update on Deleting Pictures

Back in July, I started deleting pictures from our computer that we really didn’t need. It was then that I shared the criteria for deleting the pictures, and I said I’d work on it for an hour each week. I’m all caught up now, and it feels so good.

It might have taken me 4 months to finally get through deleting all those pictures from 2007 until now, but now I have more space on my computer and I know that the pictures I kept are much more worthy of being printed out.

Here are the numbers from the beginning of July until the beginning of November:

Hours spent deleting pictures: 15 hours and 20 minutes
Number of pictures deleted: 4,458
Amount of space saved on my hard drive: 7.85 GB

It’s crazy to think I was holding on to so many pictures that were just taking up space.

Ok, I’ll admit that once I got to pictures of my baby girls, I couldn’t delete some of them. There were a few that were blurry, but their faces were just too cute I couldn’t bare to get rid of them! The picture below I debated deleting because the background is distracting to me. I decided to keep it since we only have a few pictures of my babies and me.

If you want to easily find your pictures by searching, you should rename them and tag the people in the pictures. Here's how you can do that on a Windows computerAlso, when it came to my wedding pictures, I kept a lot that met my criteria for deleting pictures. I want to share that day with my kids, and some of the pictures didn’t quite turn out, but they still tell a story.

Some pictures just can't be deleted, no matter how bad they might be.

Case in point.

Renaming Pictures

If your pictures are important to you, make time to work on organizing them. This tutorial will help you rename and tag your pictures on a Windows computer so you can easily find specific pictures when you need them.The next task I need to tackle for my basic photo organization challenge is to rename pictures.

I really could care less for picture names like “IMG_0379” or “DSC_0056”. They don’t help me find a specific picture when I am searching for one. That is why renaming pictures (preferably groups of pictures from certain events) will be so helpful.

Do you know how to rename your pictures on a Windows computer? Here, I’ll show you. 🙂

If you want to easily find your pictures by searching, you should rename them and tag the people in the pictures. Here's how you can do that on a Windows computer

Find a group of pictures on your computer that are all from the same event.

If you want to easily find your pictures by searching, you should rename them and tag the people in the pictures. Here's how you can do that on a Windows computer

Click on the first one and click + SHIFT on the last one you want to rename. I clicked on “DSC_0245” and clicked on the one under “DSC_0259” and held the SHIFT button. This selected them all.

If you want to easily find your pictures by searching, you should rename them and tag the people in the pictures. Here's how you can do that on a Windows computer

Now you should right click on the first one while they are all still highlighted, and choose “rename” from the menu. A little box will be there for you to type whatever you’d like. I typed “Pumpkin-Patch-2014” and pressed ENTER. This renamed all the pictures that I had highlighted and gave each of them a number.

If you want to easily find your pictures by searching, you should rename them and tag the people in the pictures. Here's how you can do that on a Windows computer

Now you can create a new folder and move all those pictures to the folder.

If you want to easily find your pictures by searching, you should rename them and tag the people in the pictures. Here's how you can do that on a Windows computer

Now I have a folder “Pumpkin Patch 2014” within my October 2014 folder. Easy peasy. Pudding pie.

Tagging Pictures

While I am renaming pictures, I might as well tag them, too. I think this could be the most time consuming task, but there is a way to tag in batches. Let me show you first how to tag a picture.

If you want to easily find your pictures by searching, you should rename them and tag the people in the pictures. Here's how you can do that on a Windows computer

Click on the picture you want to tag.

If you want to easily find your pictures by searching, you should rename them and tag the people in the pictures. Here's how you can do that on a Windows computer

Down below where it says “Tags,” type in the name of the person and then click “Save.”

To tag in batches, click on each picture while also clicking “Ctrl.” Once all the pictures you want to tag are selected, type in the name and save. By clicking “Ctrl” instead of “Shift,” you avoid problems if one of the pictures doesn’t have the person you are tagging in it. In other words, “Ctrl” lets you select the pictures one at a time, and “Shift” lets you select pictures in batches.

I’m sorry if you got terribly lost. I’m not so great at teaching technical stuff. Let me know if it helped!

Do you want to get your pictures organized on your computer? Here are my other posts in this series:

Monthly Folders
Deleting Pictures
Renaming and Tagging Pictures

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Comments

  1. This has been on my TO DO list for forever!

    Thank you for the helpful ideas and tutorial. Pinned and will be referencing in the new year!

    Thanks again.
    xoxo

  2. Ok, I don’t have as many pictures as you do, mainly because both Frank and I dislike having our pictures taken but I did not know how to tag them. Thanks for showing me this trick!

  3. Mama instincts says:

    I’m so jealous you’re done organizing your pictures. This makes me realize I have to just start and do a little at a time. No matter how long it takes.
    Thanks for the inspiration.

  4. AW!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I love these pictures! I’m definitely a big time digital hoarder. I have 2,777 pictures on my iphone right now. I back up on an external hard drive every few months out of necessity, I cant let go.

    • Thanks 🙂

      Oh, wow, Rebecca! I’m sure every one of those pictures has Dylan in them, so it makes perfect sense why you wouldn’t want to delete any. At least you have a backup!

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