When handling files with Finder tags I frequently get an error alert, "The operation can't be completed. An unexpected error occurred (error code -8076)." This usually happens when I have multiple tagged items selected. Sometimes it happens a few times in quick succession, with the alert popping up again as soon as it is dismissed... & again, & again, up to 5 times.

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Can anyone tell me of a way to stop this happening? (apart from not using Finder tags)

  • The error code 8076 is a permissions error, which means that the user does not have the required permission to access or modify the file. Dec 29, 2021 at 8:41

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I will usually get this error, if I select items in a folder and its subfolders and try to add or remove tags.

The only way I found around this is to use a different option for tagging after the error appeared. For example, instead of changing tags in the preview pane on the right, use Edit Tags in the toolbar or Tags... in the context menu, use a shortcut like CTRL-0, drop the files onto a tag in the sidebar on the left or change the selected files.

Ultimately, I've built an app, that helps me with some of these issues when manually tagging files.

  • I always add & remove tags using the contextual menu. It's when selecting & performing operations on tagged items that I get this error.
    – Pedro
    Jan 12, 2022 at 13:34

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