I seem to have accumulated a number of tags, some of which are duplicate and which do not belong to any files. I can see these tags when I open All Tags. These I assume were set for some files, which were then deleted.

How do I clean up the Finder so that only the current tags are present?

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Open Finder preferences either by going to Finder → Preferences in Menu bar or by pressing Command + , keyboard shortcut with with Finder.app open.

Go to Tags tab, select the unwanted tags and hit - button.

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    I have a very large number of tags -- more than a hundred (I have been overzealous), and was hoping for a more automatic solution. This requires me to verify whether each tag has an associated file, and then delete that manually :( Aug 23, 2018 at 14:57
  • @rahul I am looking for a better solution too. See if this helps you: apple.stackexchange.com/questions/334448/…
    – Nimesh Neema
    Aug 23, 2018 at 15:06

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