Metadata: what they are and how to change them in Windows

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How many times have you heard of it, and how many have you wondered what metadata is?


Without complicating our lives too much, i metadata is information stored in virtually all types of files; these may include the name of the author, company, computer, server on which it is present, the date of last access, last modification, comments, revisions and many, many other variable details based on the type of file being examined.

Metadata, wanting to simplify the concept even more, are a sort of description of the file to which they are associated.


The details present can be useful or harmful, depending on the situation; for example, in the case of documents it might be useful to know who and when did the last revision. Too much metadata, however, could put users' privacy at risk if files are shared with others.

Although some file types have complex metadata to interpret and edit, most documents (PDF, text, Office, open format, images, and so on) have easily accessible and editable metadata via Windows.

Let's see together how to proceed!

Preliminary information

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View and edit document metadata in Windows

We right click on the document and select Property; from there, let's go to the details tab: here's what it will look like!

These, in practice, are the metadata of the document in question. To modify them, where possible, simply click on the right side of the field to be modified (as indicated by the arrow).


Delete document metadata in Windows 10

We have already covered this topic regarding images but the procedure is practically the same for any type of file. You can refer to our previous article to find out how.

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