Get Organized: Digital Supply Ideas

by Jessica Sprague

Step 2: Tag Items
If you’re using Picasa or Bridge, you’ll add tags by typing them out each time. So you’ll start here with locating and tagging your supplies.

The next step is to go through ALL of the folders where you’ve downloaded digital goodies and apply tags that can help act as finders to locate items later. I can’t tell you how much time I have saved by being rigorous about tagging kits as soon as I have downloaded them. After that, it doesn’t matter at all where in your file system your items go—you can be confident that you’ll find your goodies again with your tags.

To tag items, navigate through your file system to each folder of digital supplies on your hard drive. You can click on an item or multi-select using the Ctrl or Shift keys, and then drag-and-drop the items directly onto the appropriate tag in the right pane. In Picasa and Bridge, you’ll select your items and then click the Tag or Keyword button (or right-click) and fill in the appropriate tags for the set of items you’ve chosen. This process may take just a few minutes or several hours, depending on how many supplies you have, but it’s worth it!

You’ll notice in this screen shot that I selected all the papers in this paper pack (I clicked the first paper, held down Shift, and clicked the last paper to select them all). Then I dragged the stack onto the Papers tag to add them to my Papers category. Each paper now has a blue tag icon indicating it has a tag, and the Papers category has a green bar, to indicate that your selected items belong to this category. Rinse and repeat!

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