Accessing file metadata on windows XP

Rob Williscroft rtw at
Tue Nov 28 13:41:42 CET 2006

 wrote in news:1164704134.100569.101270 at in 

> When rightclicking a, for example, pdf file on windows, one normally
> gets a screen with three or four tags.  Clicking on one of the summary
> tag one can get some info like "title", "Author", "category", "keyword"
> etc..
> My question is how can I programmatically read and change these data
> with python.  I know I should use Hammond's win32  extension, somehow
> involving the pythoncom, storagecon of win32com etc..  Unfortunately,
> so far I cannot get anything useful.  Instead of trying blindly, would
> somebody please points me to the correct direction.  A little snippet
> would help.  I am particular interested in pdf files.

This looks like it might be useful:



MSDN Home >  MSDN Library >  Win32 and COM Development >  User Interface 
>  Windows Shell >  Windows Shell >  Shell Objects for Scripting and 
Microsoft Visual Basic >  ShellFolderItem >  


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