ExifTool is one of the best programs for editing image metadata. However, it is a command-line utility, which means that it may be difficult to use for those unfamiliar with commands/CLI. ExifToolGUI bridges the gap by providing a GUI (graphic user interface) that makes many of ExifTool’s most useful features easily accessible.
With ExifToolGUI you can
- View all metadata that ExifTool recognizes
- (Batch) edit the most frequently used Exif, IPTC and XMP metadata tags
- Remove metadata
- Import/export metadata
ExifToolGUI Setup Instructions
1. Download the latest version (5.15) of Bogdan’s ExifToolGUI.
Create a new directory (folder) outside of Windows’ system directories. For example, “C:\ExifToolGUI.” Move Bogdan’s ExifToolGUI.exe file there.
2. Download the Windows Executable version of Phil Harvey’s ExifTool.
ExifTool is required because ExifToolGUI doesn’t edit image metadata directly, but “calls” on ExifTool to do the job. Rename Phil Harvey’s exiftool(-k).exe to “exiftool.exe”. Then move the exiftool.exe file to the Windows directory (C:\Windows).
3. Create an ExifToolGUI desktop shortcut and place it wherever you like.
4. That’s it! There’s no need to install either program because they are both standalone (portable) programs.
You can read the complete setup instructions in Bogdan’s ExifToolGUI readme file or in the ExifToolGUI manual.
How to Remove Image Metadata
1. Go to Modify > Remove Metadata. Select which metadata tags you’d like to remove.
2. By default, a backup copy of your image with the original metadata intact will be generated. You can delete this if you don’t need it.
If you’re going to upload pictures online, it’s a good idea to remove all personal info. You may also want to remove Adobe XMP metadata (e.g. CreatorTool).
Alternatively, you can use Photoshop to remove metadata from images. Go to File > Save for Web & Devices > Metadata. You can select None, Copyright, Copyright and Contact Info, All Except Camera Info, All.
How to Edit Image Metadata
1. Go to the Metadata Panel and select “Workspace.” If the tag you’d like to modify isn’t listed, add the tag to Workspace by going to Program > Workspace manager.
2a. Click on the tag line you wish to modify. Press the Enter key or click on the Value Edit Field, which will turn yellow. Type the new tag value and press the Enter key when you’re done or press the Esc key to cancel your edit.
2b. To undo previous edits, you can also right-click the tag, which will bring up a context menu (Undo selected editing). If you wish to undo all of your edits, click on the Workspace button.
3. When you are finished editing metadata values, click on the Save button (important!).
Note: Changes are lost in most cases when you click outside of the Metadata Panel.