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I want to use The KEYWORD feature in Windows XP home to locate photo files.  

If I right click a photo, select properties, summary, and simple and add keywords like dick, jane, puff, spot  click OK

I want to be sure I am entering the keywords correctly.  Do I use a comma, just a space or how do I separate multiple keywords?

Now how do I enter the keyword or a combination of keywords to find the files?  For example to find a photo of dick and jane What do I put into the search box?  How do I enter a search for dick & jane but not spot? I can find a file for a single keyword but am not having success with multiple keyword searches.

Ok you experts go to work and give me a big hand.  Thanks in Advance!
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by:callrs
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Either space or comma works, I just tried it

To find files:
Start -> Search -> Pictures ->
- Put check on "Pictures and Photos"
- Enter only one keyword in the "All or part of the file name" field
- Or click "Use advanced search options" & then enter a keyword in the "A word or phrase in the file"



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by:ninetwenty
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thats fine for a single key word but how are multiple keywords entered and how are they searched?  dick jane spot are key words  how do you search dick and jane?  how do you search dick jand but not spot?

i want to be able to search my photos for entered keywords in any combination eliminating other combinations.

thanks for the quick response!
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by:callrs
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I'm sorry, there doesn't appear to be a way to do multi-keyword searches...I'd be a shame if MS didn't put that ability in!

But there is a way to assign the same keywords to many files at once:
http://techrepublic.com.com/5100-10877_11-6060473.html     Make searching for image files easier in Windows XP by assigning keywords

There are third-party utilities that can work better than the built-in utility though.
Search on Google for e.g.: file search utility
Add "freeware" to that search to search for only free ones
Here's one (not free, and I haven't tried it) http://turbo-searcher.knownsoft.qarchive.org/     "Turbo Searcher is the fastest tool in the world for finding any type of files through your local or network computers"
Here's some free ones: http://72.14.203.104/search?q=cache:JBKscpp1kgQJ:www.nonags.com/nonags/filesearch.html+file+search+freeware+utility
(What I use is http://www.pspad.com/ for searching for text files, not images, though)

There are also many programs that help you to organize & search for image files alone. Again, ask Google or answers.com or askjeeves.com or metacrawler.com ...

As for keywords, you may to test the utility you choose to see whether it supports XP's keywords search, or it may say it in the manual.
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Oops, I forgot to say: third-party search tools DO allow multi-word searches. "Regular expression" searches are the most powerful. (look up regular expressions on Google.)
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thanks again perhaps someone may have the answer without resorting to more software.  thanks for your prompt and informative reply.
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This has a demo version & has its own "keywords" and "hot words" search feature: http://www.taos3d.com/support.html#hotkey
Gotta go for now. Hope you get your answer ;)
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