Questions tagged [finder-tag]

Tags in Finder allows the user to class his files, with a little colored tag.

0
votes
0answers
12 views

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),...
1
vote
0answers
37 views

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 ...
3
votes
1answer
49 views

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 ...
0
votes
0answers
156 views

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 ...
1
vote
1answer
20 views

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 ...
2
votes
2answers
306 views

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. ...
0
votes
1answer
233 views

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 ...
0
votes
1answer
128 views

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 ...
0
votes
1answer
28 views

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 ...
0
votes
1answer
605 views

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 ...
2
votes
1answer
66 views

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 ...
0
votes
0answers
137 views

Mac File System Tagging questions regarding external USB drive, SMB shares and indexing

(1) I googled mac tagging. I know the tagging was stored in HFS+ file system's extended attribute. But when I create tags in SMB shares (which are ext4 and ntfs on the network), I find out the tags ...
1
vote
1answer
35 views

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 ...
2
votes
0answers
45 views

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 ...
2
votes
1answer
54 views

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 ...
3
votes
1answer
321 views

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.
0
votes
2answers
296 views

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 ...
2
votes
0answers
256 views

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 ...
1
vote
1answer
1k views

Searching by Finder Tags not working in Spotlight on macOS High Sierra

I started using Finder Tags very extensively a while ago. However, I noticed this strange bug (at least on my macOS High Sierra): Searching for tags by writing tag:<name_of_tag> is not working ...
1
vote
1answer
95 views

Looking for an App to manage Finder Tags

I am looking for an user friendly App to manage the Finder tags, multiple file, intelligent tagging and so on. Is there anything like that?
1
vote
1answer
73 views

App that does not support Smart Folders / Tags - how to access Tags/Smart Folders via Terminal or elsewhere?

I am attempting to start organising my .WAV/.AIFF samples by using Tags. Unfortunately the app I want to use them in, does not support Tags. I'd like to spend a few days setting up my 100gb+ sample ...
0
votes
1answer
425 views

How can I use a Keyboard Shortcut to tag files?

Short of using a script, how can I create a keyboard shortcut to tag files. I used to use Quickeys to do that which worked well but they stopped supporting the program and I moved to Keyboard Maestro. ...
2
votes
2answers
46 views

Prevent Finder from truncating tag names

In Finder (Sierra) if you select "All Tags..." in the Finder sidebar, it presents a list of tags. These tags, if they are above a certain length are truncated. Is there a way to prevent this from ...
0
votes
1answer
75 views

Why are regular Folders in Smart Folders not showing up in Open File dialogs?

I'd like to create Smart Folders in the Finder favorite bars that I can access from different applications. Those Smart Folders will mostly contain regular folders of current projects I'm working on. ...
11
votes
3answers
22k views

What is the gray circle Finder shows next to a file, that is not a tag?

Today, I noticed a image I downloaded earlier (one of two) has a large gray circle at the right-hand edge of the Name column in Finder: Note that the other image made at almost the same time doesn't ...
2
votes
1answer
41 views

Tag all files required by OS

My hard drive is close to full, so I am trying to delete old and unused files. I am worried that I may delete files that the operating system needs, but I don't recognize. Is there a way to tag all of ...
2
votes
1answer
2k views

Set tag color of image in Preview with hotkey/keyboard shortcut

I'd like to be able to add a tag color to an image I'm viewing in Preview with a hotkey / keyboard shortcut. I found something for Finder: https://discussions.apple.com/thread/6511743?start=0&...
3
votes
0answers
48 views

Is there version control software with commit messages that preserves macOS tags?

As I mentioned in my answer on tags best practices, the distributed version control software (VCS) Git does not preserve macOS tags (or other extended file attributes). Is there version control ...
2
votes
1answer
2k views

Auto-tag folders/files dropped into a folder

I want to be able to automatically assign a red tag to any folder/file that is dropped into a folder sitting on my desktop. I've done some research about this and it seems like this can't really be ...
6
votes
2answers
8k views

How tag emails in Apple Mail?

My goal? To tag emails in OS X. What I succeeded into? I use the Find command in /Users/MyMacAccount/Library/Mail/V3/ with a significative word contained in the email I am looking for, then I tag ...
1
vote
1answer
61 views

Are tags retained on Time Machine backups and in Trash?

When viewing by tags in Finder I get no results from Time Machine or Trash. Are tags not retained by Time Machine or Trash? What about external disks? Spotlight is configured to index everything, ...
2
votes
0answers
57 views

What is the maximum number of tags supported?

My concern is that this answer on Superuser implies that there is a bitfield of a fixed size in the HFS+ extended attribute that is used for storing tag flags. Or maybe that just for the first N tags, ...
1
vote
1answer
825 views

Setting Color Tags in iCloud Drive for iOS

I am currently using iCloud Drive with my Mac and iPad. On the Mac, I am able to add color labels to documents and folders to better organize my files. I am wondering if it is possible to add these ...
2
votes
2answers
3k views

OSX tags from terminal/console

Is it possible to create some script to show all the finder-tagged items in terminal/shell? I'd like to create something like this: ls-tag "Music" to display all the items of Music tag
1
vote
1answer
42 views

How can I change the tags in the context menu?

I can't find any way to edit the tags within the context menu which appears when you double-tap on a file in Finder. Is there a way to choose which ones appear? An example of what I mean is below:
10
votes
3answers
2k views

Tags - best practice for using tags to replace hierarchical folder structure

I am interested in replacing my hierarchical folder structure with the tag system. Are there any best practices (or do you have personal experience) of how to use tags as a replacement for the ...
0
votes
1answer
62 views

Open file dialog doesn't allow to select tagged folders

I use the latest OS X El Captain on MacBook Pro Retina, and I had this issue since Yosemite. When I try to select a file to upload in browser (same problem in Safari and Chrome, but not in another ...
0
votes
2answers
2k views

How do I sync Finder Tags across Macs

Between an iMac and MacBook Air, I use Finder Tags extensively. Normally, they sync without effort on my part. The Finder Tags are no longer syncing automatically. How can I 'force' synchronization ...
2
votes
1answer
358 views

How do people use Tags in Finder?

I've searched online; I have found lots of information around HOW to assign/remove tags, but very little around how people USE them. (that in itself might be the sign that not many people actually use ...
0
votes
1answer
646 views

Is it possible to automate tags / tagging of new files dropped into a specific folder?

Is it possible to automate tagging of new files dropped into a specific folder?
2
votes
1answer
389 views

Tag selected files in Finder with single keyboard shortcut

It's been well covered how to create a keyboard shortcut for the Tags... menu option in Finder. What I want is a way to tag selected files or folders with a single keyboard shortcut. The same shortcut ...
0
votes
2answers
76 views

Find the file that corresponds to a certain message in Mail.app?

Every message in Mail.app corresponds to a file in the filesystem (typically located somewhere here /Users/[username]/Library/Mail/V3/[account name]). Is there an easy way to locate the corresponding ...
2
votes
0answers
99 views

Finder tag pollution avoidance: view subsets of tags, not a global list of tags

I'll start this question with example of the problem I'd like to solve. I like to tag my apps by category: productivity, development, media, etc. I like to tag my movies by genre: action, drama, ...
0
votes
1answer
44 views

Using Tag how do I cut and parse file paths into tags

I'm using Tag and Hazel and I'd like to recursively go through files on our server, obtain their file paths and filenames and parse the whole thing into tags to apply to the file. Is there a shell ...
0
votes
1answer
965 views

In Yosemite, can you “un tag” more than 10 files at once?

The tags replaced labels in Yosemite. Labels could be added or removed whatever the number of files selected, and could not be combined. Tags are another story, since you can combine them. But if ...
1
vote
0answers
436 views

How to reproduce my Finder tags as OpenMeta tags

I am using a suite of applications to manage files, somewhat like a distributed digital assets manager. I tag my files using Finder tags with several apps--Finder, HoudaSpot, Default Folder X, Leap--...
0
votes
1answer
70 views

Are finder tags case-sensitive?

OS X Mavericks introduced file tagging to Finder and the filesystem. Are these tags case-senstive? For example, could I have an Apple and apple tag?
0
votes
0answers
27 views

Don't have Time Machine back up a file again if a Tag is added to it

If I have a large file, let's say a 1 GB ISO file, and I add a tag to it through the Finder, so that there's a blue circle next to the filename now, then Time Machine will consider that the file has ...
3
votes
2answers
2k views

iOS file chooser for iCloud drive can't find tags

Any iOS app can let its users pick a file on iCloud Drive with the proper chooser dialogue. This dialogue allows to search files based on tags. Here is a screenshot to make crystal clear what I am ...
1
vote
1answer
505 views

Tags not associated in OS X

I have tags assigned to my user created text file and it wouldn't show on finder. I have assigned, Green icon / tag (renamed to environments) to associate a text file. Tag gets assigned good. Atleast ...