Tags in Mavericks

I’m really liking the tags system in Mavericks.

If you haven’t seen it, it replaces the old labels system used in previous versions of OS X. Where as with labels, a file could only have one label. With tags, a file can have multiple tags. You can even make up your own tags to suit your work flow.

If you haven’t used them, please see the following steps.

There are a couple of ways in which you can set a tag. The first is to perform a Get Info on a file, at the top of the info window there is the tag section where you can add existing tags or create new ones.

tags in mavericks

Or  you can set a tag via the Finder’s File menu.

Where tags become really powerful, is with search. You can now perform searches across all your files for single or multiple tags.

The simplest way is to use the Finder’s Find File search feature. Here, you can search via tags.

using mavericks tags

Another way is to use Spotlight. To search for tags via the spotlight menu you can use “tag:” followed by the tag name:

spotlight tag mavericks

Finally, you can search for them via the terminal using the “mdfind” command

mdfind tag:development

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