The powerful Explorers in Windows Vista extend the benefits of desktop searches to the next level by combining instant searches and the ability to automatically organize content based on file properties like file names, file types, author, or descriptive keywords (or "tags") that you can associate with your files.
For example, if you want to see all of your documents organized by author, the Documents Explorer can help you search your PC and automatically arrange all documents according to who authored them. Or, if you prefer to see files arranged by type—documents, spreadsheets, or presentations—the Documents Explorer can instantly sort and display the results this way as well.
This Document Explorer view shows files sorted alphabetically by file name and grouped by who created them.
This Music Explorer view shows the album art as well as the name of the album.
The real power of these new features is that they allow you to organize and view your files in countless, flexible ways. For example, you may have a photo from your vacation, taken at a zoo, with a tiger in it. With Windows XP, you store that photo in a specific place on your PC-maybe a folder titled "Vacation." With Windows Vista, you can tag that photo with three keywords: Vacation, Zoo, and Tiger. Later, you can easily locate this photo by using any of those tags. More importantly, typing a keyword like "Tiger" in the search field will not only yield that one photo, but will generate a dynamic view of all the photos that have been tagged with the Tiger keyword-no matter where they are on your PC. Typing "Zoo" in the search field gives you a view of that same picture, this time alongside all the other Zoo-tagged pictures you may have previously taken.
Using the Photos Explorer in Windows Vista, you can search for specific photos using keywords (tags) that you add to your images describing the scene.