De-Clutter Your Mavericks Beta Sidebar – Delete Tags Off Of Your Mac [OS X Tips]

Delete Tags

With all the excitement over the recent release of Apple’s mobile operating system, iOS 7, it’s easy to forget that the Cupertino-based company has another OS in the works, OS X Mavericks Beta. Currently at version 8 of the Developer Preview, or beta, OS X Mavericks continues to quietly update in the background, with more refinements over time.

One of these improvements is the ability to delete tags from the sidebar. As you may recall, we showed you how to add and modify tags to the list in the Finder sidebar, as well as how to drag and drop files to tag them.

It turns out, though, that now you can actually delete tags as well, completing the tag circle of life. Here’s how.

Open a Finder window to get started, and then find the tag you want to delete.

Right click on the tag itself (Control-click a single button mouse or double-finger click on a trackpad) and then choose the “Delete Tag” item from the resulting contextual menu. You can also just remove the tag from the sidebar by choosing the “Remove from Sidebar” item; the tag will stay in your system, but won’t show up in the sidebar of any Finder windows.

  • Thorlaug

    Turns out if you delete the ‘default’ colored tags and create new customized ones, there is no way of re-adding tags to the right-click shortcut view/select – so you can’t add your new customized tags to the right-click options for easy access like the default tags.
    I recommend renaming your colored tags instead of creating new ones and only select “remove from sidebar” and not “delete” on the default tags until this problem has been fixed.

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