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How to edit image metadata on Windows 11

Windows 11 edit and remove metadata
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When you take a photo with a digital camera, smartphone, or another device, the image that's created also includes metadata information. The information will vary depending on the settings and capabilities of the device, but usually, it contains details about the camera, date, geolocation data, color and resolution, and more.

As a result of the metadata information, applications can show you when the picture was taken, the resolution, and other important details. Also, since these details are indexable, you can use them to search images quickly with the Windows 11 search feature.

The only problem is that sometimes the metadata may include the wrong data, be missing some critical fields, or it could include personal information that you may not want to share with others. Regardless of the reason, on Windows 11, you can edit or remove metadata easily with File Explorer.

This guide will walk you through the steps to edit and remove metadata information from images on Windows 11.

How to edit image metadata on File Explorer

To view and edit the metadata information of an image file on Windows 11, use these steps:

  1. Open File Explorer
  2. Browse to the folder with the images.
  3. Right-click an image and select the Properties option.

Open image properties

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  1. Click the Details tab.

Every piece of information in this tab forms the metadata of the file. 

You can edit the data by clicking the "Value" box of the "Property." However, depending on the file, you may be unable to change the information on each field.

As part of the "Description" section, some of the metadata you can edit include the title, rating, tags, and comments.

In the "Origin" section, you can specify the author, date taken, and copyright information.

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The "Image" section lets you view the information about the file, but you cannot edit this part of the metadata. For example, this section includes the dimensions, resolution, bit depth, compression, and color representation.

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In the "Camera" section, you will find information about the camera that was used to take the picture, but only some metadata is editable. For example, you can edit the maker of the camera, model, ISO speed, metering mode, flash mode, and focal length.

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The "Advanced photo" section allows you (specifically photographers) to include specific information, such as details about the lens and flash, camera serial number, light source, exposure, white balance, digital zoom, and more.

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The "GPS" section will include the exact coordinates of the location where the photo was taken. This information is only available if the camera has the location feature enabled.

Then there's the "File" section, which includes information about the file (such as name, type, location, date, size, etc.), which you cannot edit. 

Once you finish adding and reviewing the metadata information, click the OK button to save the changes.

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How to delete image metadata on File Explorer

Although metadata information can come in handy, it can also include personal information many people may not want to share (such as GPS location) and can make the file take up more space. 

Regardless of the reason, on Windows 11, you can also remove many pieces of metadata information. You can do this for a specific file or a selection of multiple files.

To remove personal and specific metadata information from an image, use these steps:

  • Open File Explorer
  • Browse to the folder with the images.
  • Right-click an image and select the Properties option.
  • Click the Details tab.

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  1. Click the "Remove Properties and Personal Information" option.

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  1. Check the "Create a copy with all possible properties removed" option to share the image without giving away the information. Or choose the "Remove the following properties from this file" option to manually select the metadata information you want to clear from the file.

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  1. Click the OK button.
  2. Click the OK button again.

After you complete the steps, the metadata information will be removed from the file.

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Mauro Huculak is technical writer for WindowsCentral.com. His primary focus is to write comprehensive how-tos to help users get the most out of Windows 10 and its many related technologies. He has an IT background with professional certifications from Microsoft, Cisco, and CompTIA, and he's a recognized member of the Microsoft MVP community.