I want to organize my photos. I know how to search for EXIF tags from Windows Explorer but I don't know hot to add the tags in NEF files.

It looks like the input box is disabled. My question is: can the tags be added and if it can be done, does the search from Windows Explorer work?

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First, install the NEF RAW codec if you haven't already done so. Options include (in descending order of suitability):

  1. Direct from Nikon

  2. The Microsoft Camera Codec Pack (Win8 update info here)

  3. Non-free FastPictureViewer Codec Pack

Now check if Win Explorer allows you to add tags directly from the Properties dialog for NEF files. If not, there's always ExifTool (tested adding tags to NEFs just now on Win7 x64) or even Exiv2. There's even an ExifToolGUI if you don't like command-line utilities:


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  • I've installed the codec from nikon and now I can add the tags from windows explorer. Also I want to mention that I've already installed Microsoft Camera Codec Pack and it only shows the thumbnails of nef files in windows 7/8. The nef codec was the only thing I needed. I had no idea there is such a codec. Thanks – Remus Rigo Jan 29 '13 at 19:44
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    Yeah, MS' codec pack is only to be tried if the camera manufacturer's codec is not available or fails to work properly. Only manufacturers know the full details about their proprietary RAW formats. – Karan Jan 29 '13 at 19:46

ExifTool (http://www.sno.phy.queensu.ca/~phil/exiftool/) is a Perl library that claims to be able to do what you want, though I haven't tried using it.

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  • i know about ExifTool, but I was looking for something easier to use, not a command line tool. I want to be able to add more tags to a group of files – Remus Rigo Jan 29 '13 at 19:31
  • Karan's answer is better; if that answer works I'll delete mine – Marcus Chan Jan 29 '13 at 19:32
  • @MarcusChan keep your answer. It could help someone else and it is actually an option. – Alfabravo Jan 29 '13 at 19:38
  • Yes, but Karan mentioned this solution as an alternative – Marcus Chan Jan 29 '13 at 19:40
  • i wanted a solution that lets me add the tags from windows explorer and the nef codec did it for me... Thank you all for your hep – Remus Rigo Jan 29 '13 at 19:47

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