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Tags in Finder allows the user to class files and folders with a little colored tag.

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Turning on "Increase contrast" reduces contrast of tag and window button colors (Big Sur/Monterey)

I recently upgraded a MacBook Pro (16-inch, 2019) I use at work from macOS Catalina 10.15.7 to Monterey 12.3.1. I have "Increase contrast" enabled (under System Preferences > ...
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How to add/modify tags for files on network shares in iOS/iPadOS?

I have a Samba network share where I want to add/modify tags on files. This works just fine on macOS. And in the Files.app on iOS & iPadOS, I can see the tags I have applied on Mac when I connect ...
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Error code 8076 when creating tags

There is an extremely annoying bug that happens when I create a tag. I am tagging a bunch of .pdf files with author names. I enter the name in the tag box, press enter, then click on the next file ...
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Extract Finder tags for multiple files? [duplicate]

I have hundreds of videos that have been tagged in Finder with various keywords. I'm moving to a proper Media Asset Management system now so I'm looking to mass extract these tags into a text or csv ...
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Show tags for each file in Finder icon view

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: ☑︎ ...
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Error when handling tagged files in Finder

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 ...
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Custom hotkey works unstable

I've set up a hotkey "control + T" to quickly add tags to files in Finder. To do this, I went to system preferences > keyboard > Shortcuts > App shortcuts > and added a shortcut ...
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Unable to remove ghost tags on files

System: macOS 11.6.1, MBP 2019 16in I am having a persistent issue with certain tags. I have a tag, call it "post", that I use as a toggle. I set it on files that I need to find to upload to ...
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Is there a way to remove a custom tag and replace it with a default one?

Let's suppose that I created a new tag "custom tag". Is there a way to not only delete said tag, but also relabel all files which were previously labeled with that tag with a default one, ...
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Can't tag local Documents folder : Error -8058

I wanna use Finder tags to organise my Mac with using "Groupe by" feature. Everything is fine, except for one folder : the "Documents" folder, located in my personal folder. (Note :...
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Automatically Delete Files From Downloads Folder Daily Unless Tagged With "Keep"?

How can I automate the deletion of files from my downloads folder but keep files I've tagged with "Keep"? I've been able to use Automator to delete files daily, but I can't work with tags in ...
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Finder Tags just show list of tags, not tagged files?

I like the idea of Finder tags and I want to use them. I tried tagging files in Finder. Then I clicked the tag in the sidebar and... it just shows a list of all my tags... instead of the documented ...
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Tag Privacy on Shared Files

Are tags on uploaded files able to be seen by the recipient once they open and save the file to their own system (Apple or Microsoft)? If so, is there a way to prevent that? (Besides the obvious, &...
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Automatically apply tag to folder based on content

Is anyone aware of a way to automatically apply a given Finder tag to a folder based on its contents? For example, I can easily run a Finder search for files based on their "Document Container&...
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mdls does not work on mounted sparse bundles

mdls does not return anything when I run it on a mounted (originally encrypted) sparse bundle: ❯ ll ./test .rw-r--r--@ 0 evar 14 Sep 18:34 ./test ❯ mdls ./test ...
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Finder tags not saved for downloaded files

When I save a file and add tags to it in the save dialog box, these tags are not added to the file. This happens in all browsers I have tried (Safari, Firefox, Chrome). Tags do appear to get added to ...
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How to find tagged files/folders using the command line in Terminal? [duplicate]

What commands do we have for finding tagged files/folders using find on the command line? I have done a search and looked on this site and found nothing.
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Into Finder, when clicking on a color tag, loading unfinishing and finally no folders displayed as expected

I have a bad experience with color tag into Finder. Indeed, when I click on red color tag, I expect the displaying immediately of the directories that I have associated to this red color tag (2 ...
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How do I search by multiple tags?

I am able give files multiple tags, but I can't figure out a way to search by multiple tags. The current search syntax in Finder/Spotlight is to use the tag:<some_tag_name> query, however trying ...
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Assigning Tags/Comments/Descriptions to Stock Apps in macOS

TL;DR- has anyone found a way to assign Tags or modify the Description/Comments on stock apps in macOS? I'm currently working on creating Smart Folders based on Tags and it's working incredibly well, ...
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Programatically modify tag visibility, order

I need to programatically alter both the visibility and default sort order for tags, explicitly in Catalina: I have different categories of tags that, depending on what project I'm working on, I'd ...
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How to Load Old Tags into Finder?

I am using macoOS 10.14.6 (Mojave) and had to reinstall macOS. The issue is that while the Finder displays the existing tags in the Finder window when viewing all my old files and directory, it ...
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Remove 'Tags' section from macOS Finder right-click context menu

When I right-click an item in Finder, the context menu has a Tags section containing colored tags: Tags... In previous versions of macOS / OS X, the section was called "Labels". I don't use Tags ...
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Alfred is annoyed with finder

Alfred is having an issue with Finder. When I do an Alfred search for finder a window will appear provided I had previously closed it. If I have a finder window open in another desktop, Alfred will ...
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Finder tags not showing thumbnail previews on external hard drive

I am on Mojave 10.14.6. I am trying to use tags to filter my many many images on my external hard drive. My thumbnail previews look like this when I click on the tag. I have tried just about ...
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Which files contain macos tags?

I've been transfering files between different OSes lately, as well as tried to browse those files via different network shares (mostly SMB and AFP), and what I'm still a bit confused about is which ...
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How can I back-up an external drive while preserving attributes, folder creation date and showing progress?

Final goal Create a copy of all files one external hard drive to another external hard drive, both formatted as HFS+. Preserve the folder creation date. Preserve finder colour label. During the ...
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Can you add Tags to pre-installed apps on macOS Catalina?

I'm trying to add Finder Tags to some of my apps in Catalina, but I notice it doesn't seem to let me add tags to pre-installed apps (Messages, News, etc.). Is this still possible or has this ...
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Automatically tagging files that were last opened more than x days ago

I want to set up a process to run each day and identify files that were last opened x days ago, then apply a tag like "to review" to those files. Those files would appear tagged in Finder with the ...
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How to replace a tag with another tag system-wide?

Say I have two tags, "Green", and "Green 1". How do I replace all instances of the "Green 1" tag with the "Green" tag, across all files on my device?
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Tag the currently open file (not via Finder)

Is it possible (either natively or with a 3rd party app) to tag a file that is currently open and focused without depending on that app to support tags? I want to be able to easily and quickly add ...
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How to replace rather than add tags in MacOS?

I've been scratching my brain on this one for a while. In macOS, it's easy to add tags to a file (whether right-clicking on a file, using the toolbar shortcut button or using the File menu). In each ...
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Finder tags not appearing in Save Dialog

If I select an existing file with tags in the Save dialog, the Tags field is not showing any pre-existing tags. For example, the check.txt file in the dialog below is tagged (and sitting at ~/Desktop),...
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In Finder, first tag vanishes while adding a second tag

MacBook Air (13-inch, Mid 2011) macOS High Sierra 10.13.6 (17G7024) This is a problem I've been having since Mavericks first came out, and it has persisted through at least two complete OS reinstalls ...
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Finder tag search exclusive

I am using tags to label all my documents in Finder, and Smart Folders to organise them, but I'm running into a roadblock. Lets say I have a bunch of documents with the tag "fruits", and some -- but ...
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Finder Tags not working for any SMB files

I'm having an issue with Finder Tags and SMB share? I can tag a file with a colour. But when I go view in the tags it does not show for any SMB shared files? I have tried everything. Finder is ...
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Automatically tag newly shared files?

I'm loosing track of all my shared iCloud files throughout my Mac. Is there a way to automatically tag newly shared files with a tag called Shared for example, then remove the tag when it is no longer ...
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Automator - automatically copy files/folders when tagged a specific custom label

Being a Mac user, I really enjoy the simple feature of tagging files and folders. Its very useful to filter by tag to quickly access any files which I have tagged regardless of where they are located. ...
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Automator: "Ask for Text" pass to "Rename Finder Items" possible?

Lets say there is monthly recurring documents that I scan, rename, relocate and tag. I would like to use automator to make this easier. The idea is the following: Create a folder action that is ...
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Why do tagged folders do not appear in open/save dialogs?

On my Mac, I use tags for both files and folders. In the Finder, when clicking on the « tag view » in the sidebar, I see every file and folder which holds that tag, as expected. However, for some ...
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Get folder tag recognised by Automator within Photos library file

I am trying to back my entire Photos library to OneDrive, following this early 2016 tutorial: https://www.groovypost.com/howto/share-pictures-OSX-photos-app-OneDrive/ When I step through the "Find ...
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Samba Share is mounted and shows indexing enabled, but why doesn't work?

I am running macOS High Sierra version 10.13.6 (17G65). I enabled indexing on samba share by using sudo mdutil -i on command. The result: $ sudo mdutil -s /Volumes/e\$/ /Volumes/e$: Indexing ...
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Remove unused Finder tags

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 ...
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How do I clean ununsed tags from Finder?

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 ...
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Set folder properties to show extra information

I have seen that for certain folders such as Pictures, Movies, Music, show extra information in more columns when viewed in List View in Finder. For e.g., if I Ctrl click on one of the column names ...
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How to edit or add tag colors

In Preview.app for macOS 10.13.3, how do I remove a tag from the drop-down menu and add additional colour tag, other than the few shown? I made a tag which I want to remove from the drop-down menu. ...
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Boolean logic to query tags?

I want to search for files that have certain tags, and don't have other tags. Right now, when I use finder I can list the tags I want (e.g. searching for files that have tag1 AND tag2 AND tag) but I ...
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Smart folder using "or" search?

Is there a way to create a macOS smart folder which uses an "or" search? E.g. find all files which have tags "A" or "B"? It seems that smart folders allow only to search using an "and" command.
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How do I remove all the tags at once from the Finder sidebar?

I have nearly 1,500 tags. Somehow, they are all marked to appear in the sidebar. My MacBook Pro is 2.8 GHz Intel Core i7 with 16GB of memory, but it still takes 7 seconds for Finder to remove just one ...
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Smart Folders stopped working after upgrade to High Sierra

I have several Smart Folders that find items by tag, e.g., tag = red. After upgrading to High Sierra, these Smart Folders stopped working, i.e., they show no files. (The files are still tagged.) I ...
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