Labels in the Finder


macrumors newbie
Original poster
Aug 6, 2007
I pondered if this should be in Apps for the Mac as the Finder is technically an Application, sorry if I got it wrong.

The question, I have run out of labels in the Finder and want to both create more and alter the colour of the labels if possible, is there a way to do this?

I am running a Macbook Pro with Tiger.

Thanks in advance for any help offered.


macrumors 68000
Feb 23, 2006
Can't be done. Labels are implemented with Finder Flags, which are hex values in the (if I recall correctly) control block of the file.



Don't know how much anyone else understands this but here goes. Beige box Finder flags take 16 bits. Of these 16 the first four are curious. The first one's already used but the next three weren't. Considering you get everything but a 1 from a nibble you have values 2, 4, 6, 8, A, C, and E.

Now isn't that coincidental that Apple today give files COLOURS? And they allow you to assign exactly seven different colours?

That's what they do. Yep.