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OS X Mavericks: Tag files and folders with colors and labels

Tag files and folders with colors and labels

You can tag files and folders to make them easier to find. Tags work with all your files and folders, whether you store them on your Mac or keep them in iCloud.

Tag files and folders

  • Tag a file as you work: If the file you want to tag is open, hold the pointer to the right of the document title, click the arrow, then click the Tags field. Type a new tag, or choose one from the list.

    If you haven’t already tagged a new file, you’re asked if you want to tag it the first time you save it.

  • Tag an item in a Finder window: Click the item to select it, then click the Tags button.

    Tags button

  • Tag an item on the desktop: Control-click the item or tap it with two fingers, then choose a color from the palette below the Tags option.
  • Create a custom tag: Control-click an item or tap it with two fingers, then choose Tags. Type a label for the custom tag, then press Return.
  • Un-tag an item: Control-click it or tap it with two fingers, then choose Tags. Select the tag you want to remove, then press Delete.

    To remove every instance of a tag from all files and folders, choose Finder > Preferences, then click Tags. Put the pointer on a tag, Control-click or tap with two fingers, then choose Delete Tag.

Find items you’ve tagged

  1. Choose File > Find or press Command (⌘)–F.
  2. Click Add (+) in the search window.

    A pair of search attribute pop-up menus appears.

  3. Choose Other from the left pop-up menu, select “File label,” then click OK.
  4. Select the colored tag to search for.

To see everything tagged with a particular color, click the color in the Tags section of the Finder window sidebar. For more information about the Finder window sidebar, see:

What is the sidebar?

Rename a tag

Choose Finder > Preferences, then click Tags. Click a tag’s label, then type a new label.

Last Modified: May 8, 2014
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