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Chapter 2. Managing Files and Folders > Organizing Files and Folders by Color

Organizing Files and Folders by Color

Giving an icon or folder a distinctive color can help you organize and find them later. Mac OS X provides seven different colors labels () from which to select. The default color label names appear as Red, Orange, Yellow, Green Blue, Purple, and Gray, but you can customize them to suit your own needs and preferences, such as “Final,” “In Progress,” “Work,” “Personal,” and “Backup.” When you change an icon's color, the icon and name take on the selected color shade. In List or Column view, the entire row takes on the color shade. In List view, you can sort files and folders quickly by color label. Sorting by color label also lets you create alphabetical groups within for color label in a single list. You can also use color labels with the Find command to search for files and folders with a particular color label.

Color a File or Folder Icon

Open the folder window with the file or folder icons you want to color.

Select the icons you want to color.

Click the Actions pop-up, and then click the color label you want.

TIMESAVER You can also use the File menu, or Control-click to access the color labels.

When you're done, click the Close button.


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