Tagging Files

If you have files or folders to which you'd like to add tags, nicknames or other labels that helps you identify them without necessarily putting them in the same folder, you can use tags.

Find out below how to set a tag, or take a look at the blog for 3 ways to use OS X Tags for better search.

Tip: You can tag files with more than one term, so you could for example tag all browsers with the "browser" keyword. When typing "browser" in Alfred, you will then see all of your browsers.


Using Tags to label files in OS X 10.9+

Tagged file in OS X 10.10 In 10.9+, it's easy to add tags to files and folders, so that they can be found using this alternative to the file name.

If you want to tag files, folders or applications with Spotlight Comments so that you can search for the app with your own keyword, locate the file and choose Finder > Get Info or type + i to show the information panel for that file.

Type your tags in the top text box. OS X will suggest existing tags and colour labels that match what you're typing, making it easy to be consistent if tagging a large number of files. Close the Info window to save the tags you've added.

You can now type "tags" followed by your search term to find tagged files on your Mac.

Searching for Tags in Alfred


Using Spotlight Comments

If you want to tag files, folders or applications with Spotlight Comments so that you can search for the app with your own keyword, locate the file and choose Finder > Get Info or type + i to show the information panel for that file. Then, type your Spotlight Comment in the text box at the very top to set your shortcut, and close the Info window.

Spotlight Comments for System-owned applications

Spotlight Comments on System FilesIf, when you try to type, you can't enter any text, follow the steps below:

  1. As above, select the app you want to create the shortcut for and Get Info (cmd+i)
  2. Check if the padlock at the bottom is unlocked: If it's locked, temporarily change the Sharing & Permissions setting for "everyone" to "Read & Write" and type your password in.
  3. Type your Spotlight Comment in the text box at the very top to set your shortcut.

IMPORTANT: Change the Sharing & Permissions setting for "everyone" back to "Read only" and relock the padlock.

Only applications owned by the System will require the padlock to be unlocked in order to set a Spotlight Comment. You can change this shortcut at any time by re-opening the Info window for your application.

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