I have defined a couple of tags in Mavericks. If I search inside Finder, tags work as expected:

It recognizes that "Firma" is a tag.

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If I select it and press enter, it turns into "Tag:Firma".

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However if I do the same in the global search (CMD+SPACE), it seems to have no idea about tags:

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Is there a way to fix this or is it a known bug?

2 Answers 2


I repeated your steps in renaming one of my Tags.

My MBA with 10.9.2 does exactly the same as yours.

The Spotlight does following:

By entering the Tag name it sorts and shows the actually tagged files first in the search window.

So it knows those files were tagged by that tag.

  • That seems to be true, yes. But I thought it used to show the tag explicitly. Hmm...seems like my memory is playing tricks on me.
    – Krumelur
    Commented Mar 2, 2014 at 20:16
  • Try giving your Tag a unique names (Like "-Firma-") or simular giving the Search a chance to differentiate.
    – Ruskes
    Commented Mar 3, 2014 at 8:56
  • You are right. It searches for the tags but does not display it like in Finder.
    – Krumelur
    Commented Mar 3, 2014 at 13:09

Tags have never worked that way for me. I don't know if they should, but they work for me if I prefix the tag with tag: like this:

  • If I do that, the returned result list is empty.
    – Krumelur
    Commented Mar 2, 2014 at 20:15
  • @Krumelur Same here and as detailed in this question. Seems to be a bug or a removed feature.
    – lejonet
    Commented May 18, 2014 at 18:23

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