Search Multiple Tags

Discussion in 'OS X Mavericks (10.9)' started by llirik, Oct 23, 2013.

  1. llirik macrumors member

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    Okay... is it just me or does that seem like a no-brainer but for some reason isn't implemented.

    So, the idea of tags is great... particularly adding multiple tags to a file. But... why can't I search for multiple tags?

    For example... say I have these tags (and i do): "Quotes" "Invoices" "Pending" "Approved" "Denied"

    It makes sense to put project A and give it Quotes, Pending and project B Quotes, Approved. Then we have Project C as Invoices / Pending.

    Great, so far so good.

    Now, I want to see of all my invoices that are pending, which would be located between hundreds of quotes and invoices, but i DON'T want it to list any of my quotes... i can't find a way to search for BOTH. I've been unable to find any info if this is possible, which is strange as to me, that's where the power of tags comes in.

    Anyone? Bueller?
     
  2. scottish macrumors 6502a

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    I think I might be a bit confused by your example but can't you simply type in "tag:pending" then hit return and type "tag:invoices"?
     
  3. llirik thread starter macrumors member

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    yes, but that's the manual way around, and takes much longer. (though it does work)

    i meant... we have tags on the left... so lets say i click one, and then cmd+click another.... this is what i was expecting tags to be able to do, but doesn't
     
  4. scottish macrumors 6502a

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    Ah, get you now.
     
  5. notrack macrumors 6502

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    Totally agree. Searching is not implemented well. It takes just as long as navigating through folders.

    The best way I can think of is to use cmd+click tags in the sidebar.

    For me, typing in "tag:mytag" doesn't work. I need to type it in and select "tag" from the dropdown menu.

    Also, searching multiple tags in "all my files" doesn't work. It only searches for a single tag.

    As a consequence, I guess there is no useful way to search for tags at this moment. :(
     
  6. llirik thread starter macrumors member

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    I had thought that this kind of functionality was the whole purpose of tags, so I'm quite surprised.
     
  7. notrack macrumors 6502

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    Yes, i was so excited, but unless I am missing something it's not as functional as I thought it would be.
     
  8. @vi macrumors newbie

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    I don't know if I am too late to answer this but hope to get a better solution than the one I am proposing here. I am a great fan of Tags but currently no good tools available on Mac to make them useful or give insights. I would consider my solution to be from the stone age but it works with some effort.

    The solution is to create a saved search which looks something like the screenshot attached. It is easy to add multiple such rows and then keep typing one word in one row at a time to filter or broaden the search results. Pretty rudimentary but it works.
     

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  9. llirik thread starter macrumors member

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    Anyone with the Sierra beta know if this has been implemented in some way? Been 3 years and surprising it's not built in.
     

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