Customize the display of file label colors

This post refers to HoudahSpot 3. HoudahSpot 4 can show up to three tag colors for each file. It always displays them in much the same way as Finder.

By default, HoudahSpot’s list view matches the Finder’s way of displaying file label colors. I.e. it uses a colored dot next to the file name on Mavericks. On older versions of Mac OS X, it colors the background of the row in the list.

A hidden preference lets you revert to the old style or use the new style on older versions of Mac OS X.

If you prefer background colors over Mavericks-style dots, you can revert to the old-style display by setting a hidden preference:

  1. Quit HoudahSpot
  2. Launch /Applications/Utilities/
  3. Paste in the following command and hit Return:
defaults write com.houdah.HoudahSpot displayLabelsAsDots -bool NO

You may revert to the default behavior by using the following command:

defaults delete com.houdah.HoudahSpot displayLabelsAsDots

If you are running an older version of Mac OS X and still want to see labels represented as colored dots, you may use the following command:

defaults write com.houdah.HoudahSpot displayLabelsAsDots -bool YES