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Q: What is the column heading RATING for in Windows Explorer ?

What is the column heading RATING for in Windows Explorer ?
Am using Vista Home Premium, I understand that there are 6 Folder Type Templates in Vista; the Picture and Videos and the Music Details templates have the column heading Rating, (1) what is this for, (2) can I use it to rate pictures or documents , if so how ?

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Hi 5466,

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For the purpose of answering these questions, I will use Windows Media Player (Music Folder) as an example:

 

 

Windows Media Player uses ratings to help you find and organize your favorite songs, videos, and pictures quickly. You can also use ratings as a search criteria when creating auto playlists.

Ratings are displayed in the Rating column in your library. By default, most items in your library are automatically given an auto rating. The auto rating is controlled by non-Microsoft data providers, such as AMG and some online stores. You can override an auto rating by explicitly choosing a new user rating. You can distinguish between the two types of ratings by the appearance of the stars, which are blue for auto ratings and bright yellow for user ratings.

When creating an auto playlist, you can search for items based upon their auto ratings or their user ratings (note that user rating appears in the search criteria list as My Rating).

 To rate an item

1.       Click the Library tab.

2.       Find the item in your library that you want to rate, and then click one of the stars listed in the Rating column.

One star is the lowest rating. Five stars is the highest rating. To clear a user rating, right-click the item, point to Rate, and then click Unrated.

You can also rate an item by using a keyboard shortcut. To rate an item zero through five stars, play the item, and then press CTRL+Windows logo key+number. For example, to rate an item five stars, play the item, and then press CTRL+Windows logo key+5. To clear a user rating, play the item, and then press CTRL+Windows logo key+0.

 

Note

By default, the Player stores your user rating information in your individual digital media files. Previous versions of the Player stored user rating information in your library database file. For more information, see the question about saving ratings in the

Media information FAQ.

 


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Hi 5466,

 

Thanks for your responses.

 

Vista has property features for the files in the folders  that you might be able to conduct some sort of system that would allow you to know what your personal rate is for the file that you place in the folder. 

 

There isn't a Microsoft download that has the attribute you are speaking of to enable the rating to Word documents.  The online information about this process does not specifically address the attribute you wrote of for placing the rating on the folder.

 

Here is a possible work around for you

 

When viewing the documents in the folder they are placed, verify under the View menu Details is marked.

Then From the file that is created, right click and select properties, in the TAG field type a general comment like "5 star " or whichever would submit to you the rating desired - in that field of the Details tab of properties as Judd had suggested in an earlier post.   You could use that field to rate the files as you personally choose.

 

This is of course just a work around, but, please let us know if this assists you.

 

Regards,

 


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