Prior to Mojave, I used a custom Shortcut (System Preferences>Keyboard> Shortcuts>App Shortcuts) for the 'Tags…' command (Finder, File>Tags…), as in this answer:

After updating, this shortcut stopped working, and the keystroke no longer appeared in Finder's File menu next to 'Tags…'. The custom setting was still present in System Preferences.

I've attempted to reset this by clearing the old shortcut and re-creating it, with a variety of different keystrokes, and with alternate spelling for 'Tags…' (i.e., with three periods for the ellipsis character). Other custom shortcuts do work in Finder, for menu items either already having built-in keystrokes, or when no built-in is present. The Finder Toolbar button for the 'Tags…' command works fine, as does the menu item itself.

  • (You certainly typed 'Tags ...' with a space in front of the dots, right.) – clemsam lang Oct 10 at 22:29
  • Yep, that too. :( And with a space and three periods. Although obviously none of these should work anyway. Does a Tags… shortcut work for anyone else in Mojave? Perhaps it's a bug just for me, in which case I should delete this question. – Jeremy Needle Oct 11 at 4:28

The work around above doesn't work for me and I think there is a real bug in the OS. When you work with cursor keys manually (i.e. without using Karabiner and pressing ctrl-f2, right_arrow, right_arrow, down_arrow, t, in order) the final 't' command takes you to Rename since the OS cannot see the Tags… command. Even if you move the cursor by pressing the down_arrow key a few more times it moves to the 'Find' command at the bottom and then the next down_arrow keystroke makes the highlight disappear as if the Tags… item weren't there.

  • Hi, I looked into your helpful description and think I found a solution. Will you please tell me the name of the most downward item in File menu that reacts to manually typing its 1st letter, once the menu is dropped?!? Can you reach "Tags…" by arrow keys at all? IF SO, you could just change the script's "t" for this "previous" one and insert one (or more) "down_arrow" commands in front of "return_or_enter"... – clemsam lang Oct 11 at 23:35
  • Wow, this is a fascinating/worrying error you've pointed out, thanks. – Jeremy Needle Oct 12 at 3:42
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    When I use arrows to move past Find to Tags…, then menubar highlight simply vanishes, and then hitting enter seems to do nothing at all. – Jeremy Needle Oct 12 at 3:49
  • Well, Apple seems to really want to keep some things DIFFERENT. No wonder Karabiner (full version) takes so long to adapt/develop … I'll add a workaround-workaround to the above code that may work in SPITE of this "obstinacy" … ;-) ;-) ;-) – clemsam lang Oct 12 at 5:58

Here's a workaround, if you don't mind using a (free) third party app, downloadable at GitHub: "Karabiner Elements".
(KE is a key re-mapping tool and a preference panel "app" that can easily be closed temporarily or uninstalled via its "Misc" tab.)

Start by copying/pasting this code into BBEdit/TextEdit and EDITTING according to the [[NO CODE: … parts in actual code below.

[EDIT:] THEN save file as "Finder-Tags.json" into: ~/.config/karabiner/assets/complex_modifications.

{"title": "Finder … ''Tags…''",
 "rules": [
          { "description": "Finder:  ''Tags…'' ",
            "manipulators": [
                { "conditions": [
                      { "bundle_identifiers": ["^"],
                        "type": "frontmost_application_if" }
                        "from": { "key_code": "t",
                                  "modifiers": {
                                      "mandatory": ["left_command"] }
                          "to": [ { "key_code": "f2",
                                    "modifiers": ["left_control"] },
                                  { "key_code": "right_arrow"},
                                  { "key_code": "right_arrow"},
                                  { "key_code": "down_arrow"},  
[[NO CODE: line for OS 10.13]]    { "key_code": "t"},  

[[NO CODE: in Mojave replace "t" with 1st letter of lowest accessible menu  
           item above "Tags…" (try "f"!). Next line ONLY for OS 10.14+ !]]  

[[NO CODE: insert 1-x times]]     { "mouse_key": {"y": 3072}},
                                  { "key_code": "return_or_enter"}
                        "type": "basic" }

Now, what you see is some code that re-maps your "Cmd-T" to a sequence of key-press'es, starting with F2-Cmd to access finder's menus, followed by some simulated arrow-key navigation to pull down "File" menu and finally a "t" to reach and "enter" item "Tags…"

All this funny mixture is necessary, as there are TWO menus (Finder & File) with a starting letter "F", which makes it difficult to get at "File".
At the beginning of the code "bundle_identifiers": ["^"] restricts this shortcut to finder itself, but ONLY works if it is the frontmost_application.

If you want to try this very easy method, do it this way:
– Find, download and install "Karabiner Elements" from GitHub
– Open it and its tab "Complex Modifications " – Press [+ Add rule], scroll to "Finder: Tags…" and press [+ Enable]
… if by accident (or from "nervousness") you try it HERE IN YOUR BROWSER, a new tab would be opened by this shortcut ;-)

It is just as easy to create a shortcut that opens the context menu and next a "Tags…" window from there. But THAT shortcut would demand that your cursor stay over one of the selected files.

  • Right, that's what I meant by alternate spellings. I'll edit the question to be clearer, thank you. – Jeremy Needle Oct 10 at 21:26
  • (You certainly typed 'Tags ...' with a space in front of the dots, right.) – clemsam lang Oct 10 at 22:28
  • (Just EDITed my now superfluous answer above to post an alternative or workaround for your problem, in case system reservations somehow prevent you from using an Apple's shortcut.) – clemsam lang Oct 11 at 9:39
  • Hm. I appreciate this workaround. It seems that, as nick g mentioned, the Tags… menu item can't be reached by arrow keys (or other keys); does that mean this solution won't work? – Jeremy Needle Oct 12 at 3:47
  • It means, another way to access "Tags…" in File menu must be tried … – clemsam lang Oct 12 at 6:33

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