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2. Organizing Your Stuff > Color Labels

Color Labels

Mac OS X 10.4 includes a welcome blast from the Macintosh past: icon labels. This feature lets you tag selected icons with one of seven different labels, each of which has both a text label and a color associated with it.

To do so, highlight the icons. Open the File menu (or the Action menu, or the shortcut menu that appears when you Control-click the icons). There, under the heading Color Label, you’ll see seven colored dots, which represent the seven different labels you can use. Figure 2-8 shows the routine.

What Labels Are Good For

After you’ve applied labels to icons, you can perform some unique file-management tasks—in some cases, on all of them simultaneously, even if they’re scattered across multiple hard drives. For example:


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