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Searching for and replacing metadata

FotoStation has a search and replace function that lets you search for specific metadata within an archive and replace it with new text.

To use the Search and Replace function, open the Metadata menu and click on the Search and replace option.

Type in the word or string to search for in the Find field. If you would only like to search for whole words matching the search string exactly as it is written, select the Match whole word check box.

Next, choose the field to search in, or pick All Fields from the list to search for the specified text in all available metadata fields.

Finally, in the Replace with field, type the word or string you would like to replace the specified text with. When you are done, click on the Replace button. Note that when you click on this button, the text in the Find field is immediately exchanged with the text found in the Replace with field, i.e. the Replace button works in the same way as the Replace All option in e.g. Microsoft Word.

Scope of the search and replace function

  • The Search and Replace function will scan for metadata in all the assets shown in an archive - it is not limited to the current selection of files.
  • If an archive is configured to include subfolders, a search and replace operation will include all files in that archive and its subfolders. Effectively, the number of files in the archive seen in the status bar tell you how many files will be included in a search and replace operation.
  • By expanding an archive with subfolders and ticking a subfolder inside that archive, only files in that subfolder will be affected. By right-clicking the subfolder and enabling Include subfolders in the context menu, files in the highlighted folder and its subfolders will be affected by the operation.
  • Tip: To do a search and replace operation on a selection of assets, first collect these in a project and then perform the operation on the open project.