I have tags assigned to my user created text file and it wouldn't show on finder.

I have assigned, Green icon / tag (renamed to environments) to associate a text file. Tag gets assigned good. Atleast thats what i see.

But when i click on the Green tag on the sidebar of the finder, to get all files associated with green, it does not work.

I did try restarting my Mac for the settings to take effect to no avail.

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This is in relation to this question posted here.

Unknown tag in finder

  • In %, how much free space do you have? What happens when you change the sorting from Kind (if that's what's selected) to Name?
    – zerohedge
    Apr 19, 2015 at 23:13
  • Is it only that Tag or all of them not working?
    – Ruskes
    Apr 20, 2015 at 0:39
  • I have 85% free left on my HDD. Even if i change sorting to any other kind, it wouldnt work.
    – Perumal Rm
    Apr 20, 2015 at 5:43
  • Its just not the tag, what is in there, all others are not working too. I think tag functionality is somehow not working in mine.
    – Perumal Rm
    Apr 20, 2015 at 5:45
  • I just figured out that if i do the tagging in my internal HDD, it works, but if i try to tag contents from external HDD, they dont work. Very interesting, Any one seen this before?
    – Perumal Rm
    Apr 20, 2015 at 10:34

1 Answer 1

  1. Issued sudo mdutil -i on "/Volumes/External-SSD” and got back "Indexing and searching disabled.” for external HDD.
  2. Defaults write com.apple.finder AppleShowAllFiles -boolean true ; killall Finder (shows all file)
  3. Go to hdd where indexing is not working. externalssd in my case. find locate .metadata_never_index & delete it.
  4. sudo mdutil -i on "/Volumes/External-SSD” started spotlight indexing and indexes are created.
  5. Tags working now.

This concludes that Tag functionality is dependant on spotlight and needs to be enabled.

  • Tag functionality (being able to tag files) is not dependent on Spotlight. Searching for tags using Finder, which in turn uses Spotlight to return results, is. Your screenshot above shows the green "Environments" tag selected in Finder, which is really just a custom search or search folder where the criteria is "tag is Environments".
    – tubedogg
    Apr 21, 2015 at 6:57
  • Sorry when spotlight functionality is not on, then you would not be able to get files tagged on to those. Try, test it.
    – Perumal Rm
    Apr 21, 2015 at 13:04

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