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How to View Picture Metadata

by Ken White

Metadata is additional information about a file that's digitally encoded into the file. Some metadata, like the date a file was created or last updated, is embedded in all the documents you have created on your computer. Image files, including digital photographs, scanned drawings and original artwork created in a graphics editor such as Photoshop or GIMP, also contain metadata. Image file metadata provides details on image size, resolution and bit depth, as well as camera and exposure information for digital photos. You can easily view picture metadata using Windows Explorer.

Step 1

Open Windows Explorer. Navigate to the picture file that has the metadata you want to examine.

Step 2

Right-click the picture file. Click "Properties" from the context menu.

Click the "Details" tab to display the picture metadata.

Tip

  • You can remove some metadata items from a picture file. Click "Remove Properties and Personal Information" in the Details tab. Click the "Remove the Following Properties From This File" radio button and check the metadata that you want to remove. Click "OK."

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