• Create BookmarkCreate Bookmark
  • Create Note or TagCreate Note or Tag
  • PrintPrint

Aliases

An alias on the iMac is a tiny little file that goes and gets something else for you. It's like this: Let's say you use Quicken everyday. And everyday you have to open the hard disk window, then open the Applications folder window, then open the Quicken Deluxe window, then double-click on the Quicken Deluxe application icon. That's a pain in the wazoo, yes? And you can't solve the problem by taking the Quicken application icon out of the Quicken folder and putting it on the Desktop where you can get to it more easily because then the program won't even work (the program must stay in its folder to work). So you make an alias. An alias, as I said, is a tiny little file that goes and gets something for you. An alias of Quicken can sit right on your Desktop and when you double-click it, it opens Quicken for you. The alias doesn't do anything except go get the real application. And aliases are tiny (in file size)—you can put them all over the place. You can make more than one alias of any file, and you can put them on your Desktop, in your Apple menu, in a folder, etc. When you don't want an alias anymore, you can throw it away and it does not affect the real application one bit.


This is the real icon for the application.



PREVIEW

                                                                          

Not a subscriber?

Start A Free Trial


  
  • Creative Edge
  • Create BookmarkCreate Bookmark
  • Create Note or TagCreate Note or Tag
  • PrintPrint