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Windows 7: Search Media By Metadata In Windows Explorer

Searching by metadata has never been easy. The default Windows Search feature can only search for media files by name, not metadata.

Taglib Property Handler is a simple Windows property handler which allows Windows Explorer, Windows Search, and other applications using the same API to access metadata of a wide list of media formats. Thus, allowing users to search for media files using metadata keywords. It integrates perfectly in Windows 7 and Windows Vista.

While installing choose ‘Default install’ to mitigate the risk of any function which leads to loss of any existing functionality. You can install it for all extensions as well, since the app can later be uninstalled there is no harm in installing it.

taglib installer

Once the installation is complete, you can start searching for media files using keywords that match metadata instead of file name for better results. As you can see in the screenshot below, a search for Slipknot results in all media files being displayed from the said artist.

Windows 7 does an awesome job in searching for media files using artist, albums, and more, but it is not perfect. With Taglib Property Handler, a deep metadata search is performed making sure the results are accurate.

Note: For Vista users there is very important README file included in the installation package. So if you are using Windows Vista go through README file for proper installation.

Download Taglib Property Handler

It has been tested on Windows 7 64-bit and works brilliantly. Check out the list of supported properties which it supports so far. It supports both Mp3 and WMA audio files.

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