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

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Adding tags to files in OS X: How to use, where are tags stored, and will they work on a network?

I've heard it is possible to add tags to a file's meta data in OS X, and have Spotlight search through such tags. In a nutshell, how would one access this feature in Finder – not Spotlight (...
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Can I revert to the Mountain Lion style labels instead of Mavericks tags? How?

I don't like the almost invisible little colored dots (tags) that have replaced the full-length color highlighted labels used in Mountain Lion. Is there a way to go back to using full-field labels?
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Possible to tag a folder via terminal?

Is it possible to tag a file or folder in mavericks via terminal command?
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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 ...
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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 ...
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How do I remove Finder tags from all files in a folder and its subfolders?

How can I remove Finder tags from all files in a given folder and in its subfolders?
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Are tags portable, and if so how?

I am a relatively new Mac user, recently bought a MacBook Pro with OS X 10.9.1. I see that there are tagging capabilities within the file system. I'm concerned about portability. If I get a new ...
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OS X Finder hangs on tagging

I'm having a problem with the new tagging feature in Mavericks and I have a feeling it might go deeper than just the tagging. The problem is this: When tagging anything on Mavericks the Finder ...
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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 ...
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Add Spotlight Comments without tags on OS X Mavericks

I would like to add comments to files or folders. On previous OS X versions, there would be a text field to add comments that become searchable via Spotlight. Now, in OS X 10.9 Mavericks the text ...
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List all tags in Terminal in Mavericks?

Is it feasible to list all tags already defined in OS X in Terminal? I know there are some third-party applications that list all tags, but I just want to use Terminal to find all tags, since I use ...
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Add and remove multiple tags at once from a file or a folder

Using OS X Mavericks I want to add multiple tags at once to a file or a folder and I also want to remove multiple tags at once. There are different ways to add tags to a file, one of them would be to ...
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Creating and modifying tags hangs Finder in OS X 10.9 Mavericks

When I create or modify a tag in Finder on Mavericks, the Finder application stalls with a spinning beach ball and cpu goes up to 100% usage for a while (from 30 secs to 2 minutes). I've found that ...
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Mavericks Tag colors

Does anyone know how to make new tags with custom colours? It is clear how to change colours to a predefined set of available colours, but I have no idea how to change to a custom colour. (With the ...
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Finder in Mavericks will not tag files on network drives

Is there a workaround? How can I fix this? These files are on SMB shares to Windows servers with a NTFS file system. Is there a better way to connect to windows shares? Please guide as I am new to the ...
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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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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 ...
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Make a specific tag the default window in OS X Finder

I've got a tag in OS X which is labeled "To-do", and I want that Finder shows the files (and folders) that are labelled with this tag when I open a new finder window. So that the view that is shown ...
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Spotlight in Mavericks does not search Tags - how to enable?

I have defined a couple of tags in Mavericks. If I search inside Finder, tags work as expected: It recognizes that "Firma" is a tag. If I select it and press enter, it turns into "Tag:Firma". ...
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Tagging of symlinks

Is it possible to tag a symlink using the new OS X Mavericks tagging functionality (old labels functionality)? When I select a symlink in Finder, File => Tags... option is grayed-out. Is it possible ...
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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 ...
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Tagged items not appearing correctly in Mavericks?

I'm running OS X 10.9.5. Recently, I used Handbrake 0.9.9 x86_64 (2013051800) to convert some WMVs to MP4s. There are roughly 150 videos, and I have attempted to tag them all. When in their respective ...
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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
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How to list all untagged files in Mavericks Finder?

I'm trying to start using Mavericks tagging system, even though it has its bugs… I'm also evaluating Yep to better organize my docs, but maybe I can do without, if I can find how to display all the ...
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How can I change Finder tag name or color?

There are some tags in Finder by default. I want rename their name from color. How can I do this?
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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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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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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 ...
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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 ...
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How to delete tags from a large number of files

I have created by accident about 70 tags. by copying them into the finder tag window by accident. I am using only 6 of them. How can I delete all the 70 tags except those 6? I tried to do it from ...
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Can I tag a file from Quick Look?

I'd be able to very quickly tag a bunch of photos for later processing.
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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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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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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&...
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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 ...
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Tools to support maintenance jobs with Finder tags

When OS X Mavericks was released in 2013 with tagging support built directly into Finder, I expected tagging on OS X to gather steam (at least among “power users”). However, the number of tools and ...
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Can Launchbar tag files?

I have LaunchBar auto select anything that is dropped into my downloads folder. I wanted to run a Hazel rule but only on files with a certain tag and I want to do this with LaunchBar.
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How many combinations of tags are there for a file?

With the advent of Mavericks, files don't have only labels, they have tags. You can still use it just like labels (and have the classical 'work', 'home', 'urgent', 'to file', ... tags), but it is more ...
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Folder /label highlighting in Mavericks 10.9

I used the tags / label color highlighting feature in the past OS's extensively to order my folders. Now I've changed to 10.9 they seem to have all changed to a little dot, which is not as easy to see....
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How can I hide file tags?

I'm tagging USB and network drives in Mavericks, and I would like the tags to disappear from my Mac when the drives are disconnected. Is this possible?
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Keep iCloud from syncing tags across machines?

I recently upgraded to OS X 10.9 (Yay!), and I've been playing with Tags. After I installed it on a second machine, though, I noticed that all my tags were synced across (just the list of tags, not ...
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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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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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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, ...
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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, ...
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What file systems can work with OS X File Tags? (HFS+, ExFAT, NTFS, etc.)

What file systems can work with OS X File Tags? (HFS+, ExFAT, NTFS, etc.) I have an NTFS data drive in a Windows machine that I might move to an external hard drive enclosure, if I can use Tags with ...
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How do I sync tags between two Macs using Google Drive?

I have two Macs, and I use Google Drive to sync my data. I created tags in Finder on one Mac for some of the files and directories in Drive, and they don't appear on the other one. Is this possible? ...
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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?