Tags are a great way to organize your data and make it easier to find. Tags automatically appear in the sidebar of the Finder, so the files they mark are easy to find regardless of their location. You can tag various documents with color tags, for example, photos to be edited, drafts, saved articles for reading on weekends, videos, etc.
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Function “Tags»On macOS allows you to combine different types of files in one section, as well as use several tags to categorize them.
On the tab “Tags»Along the way Finder → Settings You can change any of the tags, create favorites and arrange their display in the sidebar.
You can also remove an unnecessary tag by right-clicking on it and selecting “Delete“.
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How to create, edit and delete tags in Finder
Adding tags from the context menu
To add a tag to a file, right-click on it and select “Tags»In the menu that appears.
In the text box, select a tag from existing ones or enter your own tag and press the key twice Return (Enter).
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Add multiple tags to one file
If you want to add several tags, after each entered tag click Return (after the process is completed Returnotherwise the tags will not be saved).
You can also tag the file with tags that already exist in the list. To do this, simply open the context menu and select the ones you need from the proposed list.
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To remove an unnecessary tag, click it in the “Tags“And press the key Delete. In fact, this action will not remove the tag, just macOS will no longer use it for this document. If you really want to remove the tag from the computer, open the popup menu Finder → “Settings“→”Tags“. Select the tags you want to remove and click “Delete“.
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Create Favorite Tags
If desired, the user can add favorite tags to the context menu for quick access to files in the section Finder → “Settings“→”Tags“. Just drag tags to the panel Favorite.
To remove a tag from Favorites, click on it and “throw” it outside the panel.
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Add tags using the toolbar
You can add tags to documents in various ways, including using the “Edit tags»On the toolbar. The method works on the same principle as described above. If the button “Edit tags»Does not appear on the panel, right-click anywhere in the panel.
In the menu that appears, select the “Change toolbar“To view all available buttons and drag the”Edit tags»To the toolbar.
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Adding Tags Using the File Inspector (Properties)
You can add / remove tags in File inspector. To call Inspector open “File“→”Properties»Or press a combination ⌘Cmd + I. Adding / removing tags is carried out similarly to the above method.
You can also add tags to files in applications (View, Pages, and QuickTime Player) using the menu “Documents”that appears when you click on the file name.
The ability to add tags in applications is only valid for files; tags for folders are assigned through the context menu, toolbar or File inspector.
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Manage all tags
If you want to create, edit or delete several tags at once, open the tab “Tags” at “Settings“. Here you will see a list of all available tags, including those created by you. In order to add or remove a tag, use the “+“”–“At the end of the list.
If you want to change the name of the tag, select the one in the list and click Return (Enter). To change the color of a tag, click the circle next to it and select a new color.
Uncheck the boxes next to the tags if you do not want them to appear in the side menu Finder.
How to use tags to simplify file searches
- Search by tag in Finder. Enter the color or name of the tag in the search field, and then select the tag from the proposed options.
- Ask Siri to find files with a specific tag.
- Sort objects in the Finder by tags using the “Sort by” or “Sort by“Under the section”View“→”Show view options“.