Using Tags on the Mac

Tagging a Mac

Do you want to go to certain files quickly?

The little-known Tags feature in MacOS is the handy and simple way to do this.

If you click the Finder icon…

Clicking Finder on a Mac

You’ll see your Tags in the bottom-left corner of the screen…

Tags in the Finder window

You can apply any of these tags to any of your files on your Mac and this makes them easier to find…

Viewing an existing tag and its files

So how do you set up Tags?

Click Finder, and then go to the Apple menu and select Finder – Preferences…

Clicking Finder - Preferences

Then click the Tags tab, and you’ll see that you can modify any existing tags or create new ones from here…

Preferences windows for Tags

Then you can rename an existing Tag, or create a new one…

Renaming a tag

You right-click the Tag and select Rename, type the name and press Enter…

Then you drag the renamed tag down to the Favourite Tags area so it is available when you want to apply it (via the right-click menu)…

dragging a tag to Favourites

Now, when you are in a Finder window you can easily apply it to a file (or series of highlighted files)…

Applying a tag to some files

When you’ve finished, the tag will show in Finder…

Tagged files

When you then click the tag in the Finder window, you’ll just see the tagged files…

Tagged files shown after clicking the relevant tag in Finder

Have a look at this video, which shows you the full process:

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.