Coloured labels - what do you use them for?

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  1. c-Row macrumors 65816

    c-Row

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    As much as I love every feature in OS X (or at least those I know about), I still haven't found a good use of coloured labels. :confused:

    What do you use them for?
     
  2. Allotriophagy macrumors 6502a

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    Uh...labeling folders so I can quickly identify important ones in a list view with lots of folders - i.e. my Movies folder.
     
  3. ezzie macrumors 68020

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    the only thing i've ever used colored labels for is color-coding (in order of importance) the in-progress files on my desktop. red is most important, green is least important, etc.

    other than that, i'm stumped. :confused:
     
  4. OwlsAndApples macrumors 6502a

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    Nothing much...I tend to just use them for highlighting fun stuff...makes my coursework folder look even more gloomy :(
     
  5. TheAnswer macrumors 68030

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    If you have a lot of fonts from different foundries, you can color code them (FontFont = Yellow, Adobe = Red, etc)...makes them a lot easier to find when you are looking for a specific font and you remember who makes it, but not the entire name.

    Of course, if you have a lot of fonts, you want to check this thread for more organizing tips.
     
  6. shecky Guest

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    in my working folder inside documents:

    gray - archives (long finished projects)
    red - complete (red means stop. used for projects less than 6 months old)
    yellow - on hold (not complete but not currently working)
    green - current (green means go)
    purple - sources

    all the root project folders inside these folders are coded the same color; and i label the 'source' folder in each project folder purple as well
     
  7. Sparky's macrumors 6502a

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    When I open a folder in list view that may contain over 100 "Customer folders" I want to be able to immediately access an "active" job or find a commonly used folder quickly. color coding folders helps me do this.
     
  8. loungemonkey macrumors member

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    Exactly, I use them to prioritze which jobs are currently in progress.
     
  9. osirisX macrumors regular

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    I love colour labels and use them all the time. I have most of my folders set to columns view which makes it hard to quickly identify a file type. Some folders also get labeled as well.

    PDFs = Red (Acrobat is Red although I open them with Preview)
    AIs = Orange (Illustrator is Orange)
    PSDs = Blue (Photoshop is Blue)
    INDDs = Purple (InDesign is Purple)
    TXTs and RTFs = Grey (Just a general colour)
     
  10. wrldwzrd89 macrumors G5

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    I use labels for my projects.

    Green (for folders and files) = Done
    Orange (for folders ONLY) = Partially done
    Red or unlabeled = Not Done
     
  11. Father Jack macrumors 68020

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  12. epochblue macrumors 68000

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    I can honestly say I haven't ever used them. I've considered it on a number of occasions, but never got around to it. I guess I just don't think of priorities or groupings in terms of colors...
     
  13. Le Big Mac macrumors 68020

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    Agree. I use them in a variety of ways. Most of my docs/folders aren't colored, but I use them for top-level folders for a quick highlight of differnet things. And I use them for some documents--e.g., I've already reviewed this, or this is the final draft (because I save previous drafts).

    I wouldnt' say it's a critical feature, but I find uses for them. I'm sure I'm missing out on other useful features, though.
     
  14. whooleytoo macrumors 603

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    Heh! :p

    I had a similar scheme for my labels:
    Grey - Outdated projects/code.
    Red - Live projects (red hot).
    Gold - Source code (worth as much as..)
    Green - New prototype projects (green, like new shoots)
    Yellow - Backups (caused I'm terrified of losing anything..)
    Pink - PC source code (i.e. 'from the other side')
    Blue - Videos/swfs (blue..movies)

    Works well for me.
     
  15. tobefirst macrumors 68040

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    I mostly use them when I'm taking a day or two off of work, to let my coworkers know which of my jobs may need attention and which will not. Hopefully, they won't have to mess with anything, but if they do, they know that the green items are the ones they are looking for.
     
  16. motulist macrumors 68040

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    I use them all the time for a million different reasons, whenever I need to differentiate files. One example is if I have a bunch of sequential files, if a numbered file is missing I label the 2 files surrounding the missing one.
     

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