I make extensive use of Finder Tags, both built-in and user generated. I have ended up with a huge bunch of tags would like to better manage them.

Is there a way to easily visualize the count of files tagged with a particular tag? That way I can easily get rid of the unused tags (tags with zero associated files) which have accumulated in due course.

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To view all the available tags in Finder, follow these steps:

  1. Enable display of tags by going to Finder → Preferences → Sidebar → Tags → Recent Tags.

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  1. In the Finder menu, enable show Sidebar and Status Bar if they are hidden.

  2. Under Tags section in the Finder Sidebar, click on All Tags.... This will display a list of all the available tags (pre-created + custom) sorted alphabetically.

  3. Click to select a tag from the list. The count of files/folders associated with the tag is shown in the Status Bar.

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  1. To delete a tag, right click on it and select Delete Tag "Tag_Name"... from the context menu.

For more information on tags in Finder, refer to the Apple support document, macOS Sierra: Use tags to organize files.

  • I know this is offtopic, but I have a direct question to you: how did you change the background color of your finder windows? Aug 23, 2018 at 10:59
  • @Garex Mojave dark mode :) Will be coming out in September or October. Aug 23, 2018 at 11:01
  • thanks - so I need to look for a theming engine for high sierra. BTW that looks awesome good. :-D Aug 23, 2018 at 11:33

Using Terminal

Given to a shell, this returns the count of files tagged with the tag named Yellow:

mdfind -count 'kMDItemUserTags = Yellow'

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