Elements: A SMART way to mass-delete Smart Tags

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Unfortunately some time ago I somehow enabled automatic smart tags in PSE. I have explored all the work-arounds, but they all lead to deleting these tags one-by-one. I have 5,800 pictures, each with MULTIPLE smart tags so this is prohibitive.

I tag my photos manually by finding all the untagged photos and adding the tags that make sense to me. Smart Tags on every thumbnail make this impossible.

I believe I am far frome alone when it somes to this problem and that a mass-delete feature would be welcomed by users.
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Robert Gilkey

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Posted 7 years ago

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Shashidhar Reddy Puchakayala, Employee

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Hi Robert,
Thank you very much for your feedback. I will forward your request to the product Manager.
Thanks,
Shashi
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Robert Gilkey

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Any progress? Seems to have fallen into the cracks. It's been a year.
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glenn maclauchlan

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yes I deleted the tags, or so I thought but they stayed in my files. grrrr
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glenn maclauchlan

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I found the smart tags mostly useless anyway.
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Betty Snow

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Still seems that deleting smart tags - which are useless - is still not possible. Are these postings actually read or not?
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Robert Gilkey

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Yes they ARE useless...but they are NOT HARMLESS. Unless you tag your photos as you import them you will have a problem going back later. Without Smart Tags on every photo, you can say "find all the untagged items" and then tag them with meaningful things like "Yosemite". But try that with Smart Tags engaged and you will get zero results.

We need two things; a mass delete of all smart tags and/or a "Find all photos that only have Smart Tags so that you can tag them in a meaningful manner.
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This is one of the most ridiculous ideas that Adobe ever came up with!!!!!!! I can't imagine any sane person appreciating the universal critiquing and cataloging of their pictures in this inane, useless manner. If anyone or the company ever comes up with a methodology of removing them all at once, I would sure like to know. This option should have been OFF until the consumer chose to turn it on - not vice versa. Since I can find no work around, I am assuming that Adobe no longer cares about satisfying their repeat customers. Guess maybe it's time to look elsewhere
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Michel BRETECHER, Champion

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No change in PSE12.
I'd like the option to remove all smart tags automatically.

Explanation and workarounds:
http://help.adobe.com/en_US/elementso...

and:
http://forums.adobe.com/thread/130392...
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This is the single most irritating thing that I have found in all my years of dealing with photographs. I have now got 60,000 photos with utterly useless and really annoying smart tags. I was trying out the organiser as it supposedly had the ability to batch convert CR2 files; as it is I am wishing I could turn back time and get rid of these appalling smart tags.
The thought of having to go through hundreds of folders to remove them is disheartening.
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Michel BRETECHER, Champion

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See my previous answer.
For recent versions of Elements, smart tags have been omitted.
What's the link with batch conversion of CR2 files?
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Robert Gilkey

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Did your previous answer have a solution? I looked through your comments and didn't find one.
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Michel BRETECHER, Champion

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Did you read the links?
The best answer was first given by Brett N:

"Yes, once an image has been analysed and had a tag applied, disabling further auto-analysis will not remove those tags.

There isn't a way to remove all of these tags automatically, or as a group. You can only remove them one at a time. I don't mean one smart tag from one photo at a time. I mean one smart tag from all photos. If you select all images (from under the Edit menu), then right-click any image, you will see the context menu item Remove Keyword Tag from Selected Items. This will remove whatever tag you select from all images selected.

If you have just created this catalog for the first time, you can simply create a new catalog and reimport your images, the keyword tags should not be applied.

If you have converted a catalog from a previous version, you can reconvert it.

Of course, before either of these steps, make sure the Media Analysis options are turned off."

A few minutes would be enough.
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Robert Gilkey

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. . . . OR Adobe could write a utility.