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10.7: Set Finder labels by drag and drop Desktop
I use labels as a way of organizing files in the Finder and letting me know which ones still need work doing on them.

I have discovered that Lion's item arrangement settings (found on the Finder toolbar) provide a useful and simple way to quickly change labels from one colour to another.

To do this, set to arrange by Label and simply drag files between the different categories (ie Red, Blue, No Label, etc.) to change the label of that file to the appropriate color.

Two caveats:
  • This only seems to work when in Icon View.
  • You need to have at least one of your files set to each of the label colours you need or there won't be a section visible to drag your file into.

[crarko adds: I tried this in 10.7.3, and it does work as described, including the aforementioned limitation to Icon View.

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10.7: Set Finder labels by drag and drop
Authored by: Danny Doe Jr on Feb 29, '12 09:02:15AM

Nice hint! I tried and I noticed that it works in list en column view as well. Just drag it on the name of the label and voila: a new label and a new color!

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10.7: Set Finder labels by drag and drop
Authored by: The Eck on Feb 29, '12 03:24:31PM

Unfortunately if you've changed the color of certain items (like Apple System apps) by altering the permissions, you can't change their label by this method. :-(

Nice tip otherwise. Thanks!

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