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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 (Figure 44) to reassign an original to an alias, as explained later in this chapter.

Figure 44. Use the Fix Alias dialog 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—such as on the desktop—you make the items more accessible without actually moving them.


Tip

The Favorites and Recent Items features work with aliases. These features are discussed a little later in this chapter.


Tip

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


Tip

The icon for an alias looks very much like the icon for the original item but is slightly lighter in appearance and includes a tiny arrow (Figure 22).

Figure 22. The icon for an alias looks like the original item's icon but includes an arrow.



Tip

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


To create an alias

1.
Select the item you want to make an alias for (Figure 23).

Figure 23. To create an alias, begin by selecting the item for which you want to make an alias.


2.
Choose File > Make Alias (Figure 24), or press .

Figure 24. Choose Make Alias from the File menu.


The alias appears right beneath the original item (Figure 25).

Figure 25. 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 25). 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 26).

Figure 26. Select the alias's icon.


2.
Choose File > Show Original (Figure 27), or press .

Figure 27. Choose Show Original from the File menu.


The original item appears selected in the window in which it resides on disk (Figure 28).

Figure 28. The original item appears selected in its window.


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