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How to clear tag suggestions

How to clear tag suggestions

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I'm a pretty hardcore tag'er.  I tag all my photos & videos which helps me quickly find them later when I want to show someone a specific file in my growing collection.  Of course tagging helps when I upload my photos online too, like to FlickrWindows Live Photo Gallery makes is very, very easy to tag your items but sometimes mistypes happen. 

Well, we've heard about some users occasionally experiencing a pesky little problem with the auto-suggest tag feature in the Info Pane.  Here's the setup... you're tagging some photos and you mistype a tag (e.g., you meant to type "Mom", but instead you typed "Nom" or something like that).  You deleted the bogus tag from the Tag list in the navigation tree (left pane in the program), but this bogus tag still shows up in this suggested list of tags in the Info Pane's tag edit box.  So, whenever you go to tag a photo the auto-suggest list shows "Nom" with the other recently used tags.  Ack!

While we don't have a one-click way to remove these yet, there is a manual way to do it.  First, this is a screenshot showing the auto-suggested tags when I clicked in the Tag edit box for this photo.  I want to get rid of the "t" suggested tag.

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The workaround requires you open up the registry so the standard "beware" clause should be injected here...

Warning Serious problems might occur if you modify the registry incorrectly by using Registry Editor or by using another method. These problems might require that you reinstall the operating system. Microsoft cannot guarantee that these problems can be solved. Modify the registry at your own risk.

Ok, now that is out of the way here's what you can do:

  1. Close Windows Live Photo Gallery.
  2. Go to Start | Run | type regedit and hit Enter. (On Vista you'll be prompted by the User Account Control dialog if you aren't logged in as the local administrator.)
  3. In the Registry Editor browse to this location: HKEY_CURRENT_USERS\Software\Microsoft\Windows Live\Photo Gallery\Library\PreviewPane\LabelAssignment\MRU
  4. In the right pane you should see the list of tags that show up in the auto-suggest list.  You can delete the one(s) you don't want.
  5. When you're finished, close Registry Editor and open Photo Gallery.

Here's a visual of Registry Editor browsed to the location I mentioned above:

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Keep in mind, doing this manual workaround does not delete actual Tags from files or the Photo Gallery database.  So, even if you remove all the items in this list from this registry location, your actual tags remain untouched.  This only clears the auto-suggest list.

Hope this helps!  Happy tagging.

- Michael Palermiti (Program Manager)