Goal: In macOS Monterey, using the Finder icon view, I want to show three things for each file, listed below. I want them close together visually. I only can show the first two, not the third:

  • ☑︎ icon
  • ☑︎ filename
  • ☐ its tags

Workaround: the only way I know to see tags is by having the preview sidebar open. I don’t like this because I can’t quickly see all the tags for the files.


  • Is it currently possible (or not) to show the tags like I want?
  • Is there some other way to accomplish a similar goal: seeing all tags for each file in a Finder view?
  • Do you highly recommend another program to accomplish this?

So far, I've had no luck yet finding this on the splinternets.

  • Can you provide a screenshot? I don't have Monterey yet, but previously in icon view, the tag colour is shown to the left of the name.
    – Tetsujin
    Jan 3, 2022 at 18:08

2 Answers 2


Short answers to your three questions:

  1. It is not possible to show (non-coloured) tags in Finder's Icon View.

  2. Finder's List View can show additional columns, including tags. That is a simple way to show tags for all files in a folder or in search results.

  3. Leap from Ironic Software (the key pioneer in developing Mac OS X tags) can show tags just below file icons. If you make serious/heavy use of tags for file management, I highly recommend Leap.


I don't use Tags but desired functionality (as I understand it) work out of box in Monterey:

  • files/folders must have associated Tags
  • switch to as Icons view

Colored circles will be displayed below icon and before file/folder name:

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  • That is only the colour tags.
    – Gilby
    Jan 3, 2022 at 21:42
  • @Gilby - aren’t “only the colour tags” tags? I tried to find reference to “only the text of tags” in OP post but couldn’t find. Jan 4, 2022 at 4:10

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