One of the, I believe, lesser known tricks about using Finder tags on macOS, is the ability to assign tags to one or several files using keyboard shortcuts. This allows directly opening the tags menu in a popover for a selected file. The tag search field gets the keyboard focus, so you can immediately start tagging without touching your mouse.
However, this is not enabled by default for whatever reason. So, I’m going to explain how you can enable it.
Adding a keyboard shortcut for Finder tags
In order to enable a keyboard shortcut for Finder tags, open System Preferences — Keyboard and select App Shortcuts under the Shortcuts section. Press the + button below the detail window on the right.
This opens the following modal window from the top. Open the Application drop down and select Finder from the list. In the Menu Title field enter Tags… (inclusive the 3 dots as shown in the screenshot). Assign your desired shortcut by putting the cursor in the Keyboard Shortcut field and press the keys on your keyboard. For example, you can use ⌘E or ⌘B or ⌘M, which are still available in Finder.
After confirming your new shortcut by pressing Add, you’re all set and ready to use your keyboard to assign tags. Go to Finder, select a file and press your shortcut. Et voilà! Happy tagging.
If you find the article useful, feel free to give it a clap. I’m planning of publishing a few more articles covering Finder tags in the coming weeks. I’m also curious about your experiences with Finder tags on macOS. Do you find them useful or just cannot get into it? Let me know in the comments.