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How to Use Tags

We’ve written an in-depth guide on organizing your GTmetrix Reports with Tags.


 

Overview

The Dashboard Reports Table is the hub of all your GTmetrix analysis activity.

This is where you’ll find all the URLs you’ve tested from your account, including monitored tests and ones tested through the API. You can sort, filter, categorize, and now tag your reports in a number of ways for convenient access.

In this guide, we’ll show you how to use Tags with your GTmetrix Reports.

 


 

What are Tags?

Most users (especially WordPress users) are likely to be familiar with the concept of tags but in case you’ve never used tags before with any application, let’s briefly look at what they are.

Tags are simply a way to categorize and organize your GTmetrix Reports using words or phrases relevant to you so that you can easily find them.
 

The GTmetrix Dashboard showing pages tested on your account, and their respective tags.

 
For example, you can tag a staging URL as “Dev Site” and the production URL as “Live Site” in order to easily identify which is which.

You can tag an entry on the GTmetrix Dashboard with pretty much anything that helps you identify the report instantly (e.g., Competitor, London, iPhone, etc.).

Basic/Free users can create 2 tags on their accounts while PRO users have access to unlimited tags.

 


 

How to Use Tags

There are many ways to use tags in GTmetrix – in this guide, we’ll cover the following functions:

We breakdown each of these functions below:
 


 

Creating New Tags

Here’s how to create a new tag.
 

1) Click on the Create a New Tag button

This button can be found in any menu where a Tags dropdown is located, including GTmetrix Reports and on the Dashboard (via Add Bulk Tags, & Manage Tags).

 

Click on the Tags Dropdown to Create a New Tag.

 
You can find the “Create a New Tag” button in multiple areas.

 
Once you’ve clicked on “Create a New Tag”, a new menu should now pop out.
 

2) Enter your Tag details

Input the name and description (optional) for the tag, and select a colour for your tag.

You can use any name for the tag as long as it is unique among all your current tags – we suggest using names that would help you easily identify sites, testing situations, locations, etc.
 

Give your tag a name, description, and pick a colour. Click on Create Tag when you’re done.

 
You can also add an optional description that would show up as a tooltip when hovering over the tag.

When you’re done, click on the Create Tag button.

That’s it! You’ve created a tag.

 


 

Adding/Removing Tags

Once you’ve created tags, you can start adding (or removing) them to reports.
 

1) Click on the Tags button on the right-hand side of a GTmetrix Report
 

Click on Tags on the right hand side of the GTmetrix Report to open the Page Tags menu.

 
The “Page Tags” menu should should pop out.
 

2) Select your tags to add/remove from the Tags dropdown

A preview shown below the dropdown will update with the tags you’ve selected.
 

Select the tag(s) to be added/removed from the Report. Click Save Changes when you’re done.

 
Click on Save Changes when you’re done.
 
Tags are displayed in the test details area.

 
Your page is now tagged and you can view tags in the test details area of the GTmetrix Report.
 


 

Bulk Adding/Removing Tags

You can also add or remove tags for multiple pages at the same time in a few clicks – here’s how:
 

1) On the Dashboard, select one or more page entries

Once you have your desired selection, click Add tag(s) or Remove tag(s) from the bulk actions dropdown.
 

Select one or more reports on the Dashboard, then select Add tag(s)/Remove tag(s) from the bulk actions dropdown, and click on Apply.

 
Click on Apply. A new menu called Add Bulk Tags should pop out.
 

2) Click on the Tags dropdown and select which tags are to be added/removed

As described earlier, select the tags you want to add/remove to your selected pages.
 

Select the tags to be added/remove to your selected pages. Click on Save Changes when you’re done.

 

Click on Save Changes to add/remove tag(s).

Once you’ve clicked on Save Changes, your tags will be visible on the Dashboard, next to the URL entries.
 

Tags will be added to all your selected pages on the Dashboard.

 

Note: Add and Remove tag actions are specific

Use each action separately if you wish to bulk add or remove tags – you cannot remove a tag while in the Add Bulk Tags menu and vice-versa.

 


 

Editing Tags

You can edit existing tags to change their names, descriptions, and colours, or even delete them.

Click on the pencil icon beside a tag in any Tag dropdown menu to edit the tag.
 

Click on the pencil icon next to the tag’s name to open the Edit Tag menu.

 
You can also edit tags by clicking the “Edit” link on the Manage Tags page.
 
From the Manage Tags menu, click on edit next to the tag’s name to edit that specific tag.

 
When clicked, an Edit Tag menu will pop out; Any changes made to existing tags are automatically applied across all the pages that carry them.

 


 

Managing Tags

The Manage Tags menu is a central action centre that lets you do the following:

  • View all the tags created in your account
  • Create New tags
  • Edit tags
  • View reports that reference a specific tag
  • Delete tags

 

You can view, edit, and delete tags from the Manage Tags menu, as well as view all reports associated with a specific tag.

 

You can find it on the Dashboard by expanding the “More Filters” option.
 

Find Manage Tags by expanding the More Filters options.

 


 

Filtering Using Tags

We’ve added tags to filtering options so you can filter pages using tags and create your own filter tabs for convenient access.

On the Dashboard, expand the “More Filters” menu to reveal the Tags dropdown.
 

Expand the “More Filters” menu to filter by Tags.

 
Clicking tags here will automatically filter your Dashboard Reports Table by selected tags.

You can also click on tags on the Dashboard Reports Table to quickly filter by them.
 


 
Clicking on multiple tags will filter with an AND operator.

 


 

Summary

Tags offer you a simple way to categorize and organize your GTmetrix Reports using words or phrases relevant to you.

We’ve tried to simplify tag usage as much as possible for your convenience.

Follow the instructions in this guide to create new tags, add them to your pages, and edit/remove/delete them, as needed.

 


 

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