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Keywords are used to quickly categorize images. You can easily distribute a simple attribute like “Flowers” by dragging it with your mouse to the desired image or images. Or you can also display your images sorted according to such keywords.
In the “Keywords” window, images can quickly be assigned keywords or ratings, then organized by those classifications or marked for specific uses. The top panel inside this window displays all currently existing ratings, markers, categories, and keywords. Here you can create new groups or keywords, manage, or delete them. The lower panel displays only those keywords associated with a particular selected image or group of images. The content of this panel thus changes accordingly with the image(s) selected. Utilizing this feature makes it effortless to pick out all images that have similar attributes.
To access the Keywords bar, open the Image Archive to a particular album or subfolder and click on the “Keywords” tab on the right edge of the screen. Alternatively you get there via the keyboard shortcut Ctrl+K. The Keywords pane opens along the right edge of the screen, just like the descriptors pane.
Clicking on the “New Keyword” button in the Keywords window toolbar, or by right clicking on the title of any subgroup in the Keywords panel, opens a context menu. Select “New Keyword” and enter the name for the keyword. If you want to create more than one keyword, use one line per keyword. Keyword labels are not strictly limited to single words. However, phrases or terms of more than a few words should be entered as descriptions, not keywords. Your newly-created keyword will be listed in the Categories panel under heading “Keywords.”
To assign a keyword, simply drag it to a desired image or a group of selected images in the work space using your mouse. Alternatively you could drag the images to the keyword. Any keywords you assign will be appended to the descriptor system group IPTC by default. This allows you to review all keywords that have been assigned to an image in one place.
You can, however, associate keywords with any other descriptor system group you desire – exclusively or with the option of sending a copy of the keyword to the IPTC group as well. Right-click on the keyword and choose “Set Target Descriptor” from the context menu. Checking off the box “Insert keyword into following descriptor” enables the descriptors field to be activated. Clicking inside will open a drop-down selection menu. Pick a suitable descriptor field that the current keyword would be added to. Checking off the box labeled “Copy to IPTC/NAA Descriptor ‘Keywords’” will send a copy of the keyword to that group as well.