I have created by accident about 70 tags. by copying them into the finder tag window by accident.

I am using only 6 of them.

How can I delete all the 70 tags except those 6?

I tried to do it from finder but the process is so slow. I would choose some another method.


1 Answer 1


You can delete custom tags you created by going to "Finder-->Preferences-->Tags" Then highlight the tags you don't want. (To select multiple at once click one and then shift+click the last one). Right-click and "Delete # Tags".

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In your case, with 70+ tags, just use select all from the edit menu (Command A) to select all the tags. Then hold the option key to click the 6 tags you want to keep. Once the rest are selected you can mass delete them, leaving the few tags you prefer.

  • What I want is to delete the unused 70 tags...
    – Boti
    Jan 16, 2015 at 14:59
  • I see, so you want to get rid of the custom tags you created, not tags on files? Edited above answer.
    – tron_jones
    Jan 16, 2015 at 15:03
  • Nice answer. I was also confused initially that the tags were on the files and not that it was a "tag management" issue that could be deleted easier.
    – bmike
    Jan 16, 2015 at 15:15
  • :) Thanks @tron_jones I accepted your answer (In the meantime I figured it out, but you deserve the point)
    – Boti
    Jan 16, 2015 at 15:45

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