This guide will take you step by step through the process of creating a keyboard shortcut that will allow you to quickly “tag” files on your Mac.
You won’t need to install any additional Apps – just follow these steps:
- Open the System Preferences by clicking the Apple icon in your Menu Bar and selecting System Preferences… from the drop-drop menu. Then select Keyboard from the options.
- Select the Shortcuts tab.
- From the column on the left side of the window, select App Shortcuts
- Now click the “plus sign” ( + ) button in the bottom left corner of the window.
- Click the ‘up and down arrows’ to expand the Application: menu
- Select Finder from the list of Applications.
- In the empty field next to Menu Title: enter the following text:
- Click inside of the Keyboard Shortcut: field and enter the keyboard shortcut you want to use to bring up the ‘tag’ feature when you have a file (or multiple files) selected.
- Make sure your new keyboard shortcut is now included in the list of available shortcuts.
- Now go give it a try! Select one or more files in Finder and then invoke your keyboard shortcut. Ta-da! If it worked right away congrats, you’re done. If it didn’t work have no fear, one of these troubleshooting steps will likely clear up the problem.
- Open the Keyboard section of the System Preferences again, and select the Shortcuts tab again. Select the shortcut that you just created and change the text Tags… to Tags … (in other words, add a space between the word Tags and the three dots). Head back over to a Finder window and give it a try again. If it still didn’t work, try the next step.
- With a Finder window open, select Finder from the Menu Bar and then Preferences… from the drop-down list. Click the Sidebar tab and from the list of items to show in the Finder Sidebar, remove the check-mark from the Recent Tags item. Note: you can re-enable this again once you get the shortcut working.
- With a Finder window open, select the Apple Icon from your Menu Bar, hold down the Shift key and select Force Quit Finder
- Now try your keyboard shortcut again. This time it should finally work :)