Tags in Mavericks have been a very nice addition to the way I work with files on my Mac.

I use it almost exclusive to monitor and easily find files from current projects. Contracts, checklist, current coding projects, are all tagged with one of four tags:


  • Frequent, for files I need on a daily basis
  • Work, for current work files
  • Pint Of Code, drafts and website stuff
  • Bills, bills I still need to pay (automatically tagged via Hazel with what I’ll call a script that clearly is in an early development stage…

It makes it easy to find those files and edit them without navigating through folders in the Finder. Concurrent with the Tags I’ve also got an Inbox folder, heavily monitored by Hazel, that serves as a start point for all new files. This folder sits in the Dock and has replaced the default Downloads folder for me.

What annoyed me is that Tags are only visible in the Finder, and not accessible via the dock as a stack. Having a frequently-used-files-tag-stack accessible via the Dock would be a huge time saver.

Since you can’t drag and drop a tag from a Finder window into the Dock as with any other regular folder (try it!), I needed to create a work around.
I ended up with a nice hack that perfectly recreates the Frequent Tag-stack in my Dock:

Here’s what I did:

  • Create a Smart Folder, Finder – File – New Smart Folder..
  • Set Search Criteria:
    • Use Tag – name of tag as the only search criteria
    • If the option Tag doesn’t appear, click on Other.. n the DropDown
    • Focus on either Macintosh HD or your home folder.
    • Save the Smart Folder and add it to the Finder Sidebar, and give it a logical name.
    • Drag the Smart Folder from the Finder Sidebar into the Dock
    • (Optionally remove the folder from the Sidebar since it’s redundant)
    • Right click on the newly created Stack and optionally choose Display as Folder