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Chapter 5. Windows Explorer Annoyances > QUICK NOTES IN WINDOWS

QUICK NOTES IN WINDOWS

The Annoyance:

I need a quick, on-the-fly way to store notes with files—and I don't want to bother with a utility, free or not.

The Fix:

Gotcha. Windows's file-annotation function is far from polished, but it's a quick and simple way to add notes to important files. In Windows Explorer, right-click the file and choose Properties (or just select the file and press Alt-Enter). Choose the Summary tab (Windows XP) or Custom tab (all other versions of Windows), and type your note in the Comments field (see Figure 5-11). Oddly enough, this option isn't available for some file types, including some video formats. (If you don't see any blank fields on the Summary tab, click the Simple button on the lower right.) Now when you send the file to someone, your notes travel with it. To read the notes, follow the same steps to display the Summary tab and Comments field.


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