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Aliases

An alias is a pointer to an item. You can make an alias of an item and place it anywhere on your computer. Then, when you need to open the item, just open its alias.

Tip

It's important to remember that an alias is not a copy of the item—it's a pointer. If you delete the original item, the alias will not open.


Tip

You can use the Fix Alias dialog box (Figure 58) to reassign an original to an alias. I explain how later in this chapter.

Figure 58. Use the Fix Alias dialog box to locate and choose a new original for an alias.



Tip

By putting aliases of frequently used items together where you can quickly access them—like on the Desktop or in a pop-up window—you make the items more accessible without actually moving them. I tell you about pop-up windows earlier in this chapter.


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The Favorites and Recent Items features work with aliases. I tell you about both of these features a little later in this chapter.


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You can make an alias for any item on your computer—including items accessible over a network. I tell you more about networking in Chapter 10.


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You can name an alias anything you like, as long as you follow the file naming guidelines I discuss in Chapter 3. An alias's name does not need to include the word alias.


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The icon for an alias looks very much like the icon for the original item but includes a tiny arrow (Figure 33). An alias's name appears in italic letters.

Figure 33. The icon for an alias looks like the original item's icon but includes an arrow. An alias's name always appears in italic letters.



Tip

You can move, copy, rename, open, and delete an alias just like any other file.


To create an alias

1.
Select the item for which you want to make an alias (Figure 34).

Figure 34. To create an alias, begin by selecting the item for which you want to make an alias.


2.
Choose File > Make Alias (Figure 35), or press .

Figure 35. Choose Make Alias from the File menu.


The alias appears right beneath the original item (Figure 36).

Figure 36. The alias appears right beneath the original.


or

Hold down and drag the item for which you want to make an alias to a new location. The alias appears in the destination location.

Tip

An alias's name is selected right after it is created (Figure 36). If desired, you can immediately type in a new name to replace the default name.


To find an alias's original file

1.
Select the alias's icon (Figure 37).

Figure 37. Select the alias's icon.


2.
Choose File > Show Original (Figure 38), or press

Figure 38. Choose Show Original from the File menu.


The original item appears selected in the window in which it resides on disk (Figure 39).

Figure 39. The original item appears selected in its window.


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