Modify or Remove File Property Details in Windows 10

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In Windows 10, you can edit advanced file properties, e.g. media tags for common media file formats, file metadata, extended image information, etc, without using third-party apps. In this article, we will see how to add, modify, or remove extended file properties with File Explorer.

Extra data mentioned above is called metadata. It can contain extra details that may include personal information. The file property details are vary depending on the file type. For example, for images it may include technical parameters of the photo, like ISO, brightness, aperture etc. For video and audio files, it can include title, subject, rating, tags, categories, authors, album, genre, and much more. File properties can be used in the File Explorer search box to search by their value.

You can see file property details (metadata) in the Details pane in File Explorer. Also, you can customize information visible in the Details pane.

Also, you can customize file tooltips (pop-up descriptions) to show them.

See How to Customize Shortcut Tooltips in Windows 10.

To Add or Modify File Property Details in Windows 10,

  1. Open File Explorer.
  2. Enable the Details pane.
  3. Select the file you want to edit the file property for.
  4. Click on the file property value to edit it. Press the Enter key to confirm your changes.

You are done.

Alternatively, you can use the File Properties dialog. Its Details tab allows viewing and editing extra file details.

Add or Modify File Properties using the Details Tab

  1. Open File Explorer.
  2. Right-click the file you want to edit the file property for.
  3. Click on the Details tab, and hover the mouse cursor over the values in the right column ('Value')  to see which items you can modify.
  4. Click on the value of the property you want to modify, and enter its value.
  5. Click the OK button to apply the change.

You are done.

How to Remove File Property Details

  1. Open File Explorer.
  2. Go to the folder where you store the file you want to remove extra file property details from.
  3. Right-click the file and select "Properties" from the context menu.
  4. In the Properties dialog, go to the Details tab.
  5. At the bottom of the property list click on the link Remove Properties and Personal Information.
  6. The following window will appear:Here you can see two options:
    Create a copy of with all possible properties removed - this will create a new copy of the current file without the properties you select. The original file will remain untouched.
    Remove the following properties from this file - this will remove all the selected properties from the source file permanently.
    Select the desired action.
  7. Select the properties you want to remove. Tip: There is a button "Select all" to quickly check them all.
  8. Click OK and you are done.

That's it.

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Author: Sergey Tkachenko

Sergey Tkachenko is a software developer who started Winaero back in 2011. On this blog, Sergey is writing about everything connected to Microsoft, Windows and popular software. Follow him on Telegram, Twitter, and YouTube.

11 thoughts on “Modify or Remove File Property Details in Windows 10”

  1. unless this was fixed in a very recent update, it doesnt work on all files..
    it fails for me on mkv’s for example

    1. In Windows 11, this only works on JPEG, TIFF, PNG, MP3, MP4, WMA, and WMV files. If you have MS Office installed, it also works on Office files. For other formats, you must use 3rd party tools. (e.g. BatchPurifier to remove properties from PDF)

  2. it does not work. not over properties and right click neither over the explorer. does Microsoft removed the option in windows 10 or what I miss?

  3. This doesn’t work for me, nothing pops up when I click on “Remove Properties and Personal Information”.

  4. Any reason why this works for some files and not others? I’ve been able to edit almost all of my song files (.mp3) except for a select few. I can’t figure out the difference between the two files?

  5. Have have done all this a dozen times. I have changed it in the properties tab. I have tried removing the property. I have made a copy with all properties removed. And the year is still there and will not go away or change. Everything else does. How is it possible for MS to mess stuff up so badly?

  6. if only there was a way to modify office open xml file data like where this file was last saved and on which computer, life would be really much easier.

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