One of the cool new features of OS X Mavericks is the ability to tag files in the Finder, making Finder labels a bit more useful. Want to sort a bunch of files for your upcoming vacation into one place? Make a tag for “vacation,” and then add the tag per file with a right-click as we showed you a while back.
Want to track some of those vacation files with the destinations they pertain to? Go ahead and tag them with a second tag. Can’t do that with a label.
While it’s easy to right-click on a file and choose a tag, it’s even easier to add tags with a simple Mac OS standard move. Here’s how.
Open up a Finder window, and place the file you want to tag on the Desktop, just for this example. Now, instead of right-clicking on that file, simply drag it to one of the tags in the Finder sidebar, provided you’re using OS X Mavericks.
Now you’ll see the tag color next to the file name in the Finder. You can drag and drop any file into the sidebar tags listing from pretty much anywhere else, from all the different view options, whether you prefer list, icons, columns, or cover flow.
Want to add a second tag to that file? Simply drag it into a second tag there in the Finder sidebar, and you’re good to go. Simple and useful.
If you want to get rid of any of the tags on a specific file, though, you’ll need to right-click on it, and then click on the tag you’d like to remove.