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

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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 always run a workflow when scanning a document?

I want to tag every file that I scan with a 'Scan' tag. I successfully wrote the shell script that does the tagging part, but now I am struggling to start it when scanning my documents. Here is what ...
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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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Tags in Finder Sidebar not showing results

On my NAS I added custom tags to some items via Finder. After I enabled indexing on that volume manually in Terminal, Smart Folders searching for a specific tag in one of the folders now work and also ...
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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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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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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 ...
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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?
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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 ...
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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. ...
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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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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. ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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, ...
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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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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 ...
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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 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:
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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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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 ...