How to set up and start using Finder Tags in OS X Mavericks

Finder Tags are a quick and convenient way of organizing your documents and files into groups, making it easy to find from any Finder window you open. It saves you the hassle of having to move files around to different folders to keep things together.

How to create a new Finder Tag on your Mac

  1. Right-click on a file or document that you'd like to tag.
  2. Click on Tags....

    Right click on the file or document you want to make a tag for and then click on Tags

  3. Type in the name of the new Finder Tag.
  4. Hit Enter on your keyboard.

    Type a name for your new Finder Tag and then hit enter.

That's all there is to it. The new Finder Tag is created and will then be added to the navigation under Tags in Finder for you to use whenever you'd like.

How to edit, delete, rename, or apply a different color to a Finder Tag on your Mac

  1. Open a new Finder window.
  2. Right click on the Tag name you'd like to edit. You'll find it under the Tags section in the left navigation pane.

    Open a new Finder window and then right click on the tag youd like to edit.

In the popup menu you can perform tasks such as renaming, changing the color, removing the tag from the sidebar, or deleting it completely. Just make your selection and you're done!

How to access Finder Tag preferences on your Mac

A quick way to edit Finder Tags in bulk without clicking on them individually is to just access the Finder Tag preferences. Here's how to do that:

  1. Open a new Finder window.
  2. Click Finder in the top menu bar.

    Open a new Finder window and then click Finder in the top menu bar.

  3. Click Preferences.
  4. Click Tags.

    Click preferences and then click the Tags tab.

  5. Adjust your tag preferences to your liking. Here you can edit tag names and colors easily and quickly without having to do it on an individual basis.

How to apply a Finder Tag to a file or folder on your Mac

  1. Right click on the file or folder you want to tag.
  2. Click Tags....

    Right click on the file or folder you want to tag and then click tags.

  3. Click the tag you want to apply to the file or folder. Alternatively, you can also create a new tag by typing a name.

That's it. The document or folder you just tagged will remain that way until you change it.

How to apply a Finder Tag to multiple files at once on your Mac

  1. Select all the files you want to tag.
  2. Right click on the files.

    Select all the files you want  to tag and right click on the files.

  3. Click Tags....

  4. Click on the Tag you want to

    Click Tags and then click on the tag you want to use.

How to sort documents and files by Finder Tags on your Mac

The whole point of using Finder Tags is to make searching for and locating files easier and more convenient. Now that you've got your Finder Tags set up and you've been tagging your files and folders, the most important thing to know is how to search by Tags.

  1. Open a new Finder window.
  2. Click on the name of any Finder Tag in the left navigation pane.

    Open a new Finder window and then click on the name of the Finder Tag you want to see.

That's all there is to it. Finder will then only show you the documents, files, and folders that you've applied that are tagged with that tag.

Questions?

Let us know in the comments below!

Originally published October 2013. Updated November 2016 to reflect changes to macOS.

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