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Favorites

Favorites enables you to add frequently used documents, applications, and other items to the Favorites submenu on the Go menu (Figure 68). This makes these items quick and easy to access.

Tips

  • Favorites also appear in the Open and Save Location dialogs, which are discussed in Chapter 5.

  • The favorites feature works with aliases, which are discussed on the previous two pages.

  • Your favorite item aliases are stored in the Favorites folder, in the Library folder, inside your home folder. You can learn more about your home folder in Chapter 3.

  • The Mac OS X installer automatically creates a favorite item for your Documents folder (Figure 68), which is the default location for storing documents.


To add a favorite item

1.
In the Finder, select the icon for the item that you want to add as a favorite item (Figure 69).

2.
Choose File > Add to Favorites (Figure 70), or press .

The item is added to the Favorites sub-menu on the Go menu (Figure 71).

Tip

  • You can also add a currently selected folder to favorites by clicking the Add to Favorites button in the Open or expanded Save Location (Figure 72) dialogs. These dialogs are covered in Chapter 5.


Figure 68. Favorites are listed on the Favorites submenu on the Go menu.


Figure 69. Select the item that you want to add as a favorite item.


Figure 70. Choose Add to Favorites from the File menu.


Figure 71. The item is added to the Favorites submenu on the Go menu.


To use a favorite item

From the Favorites submenu on the Go menu (Figures 68 and 71), choose the item you want to open.

To remove a favorite

1.
Click the Favorites button in the toolbar of any Finder window.

or

Choose Go > Favorites (Figures 68 and 71), or press .

The Favorites folder window opens (Figure 73).

2.
Drag the item that you want to remove out of the window.

3.
Close the Favorites folder window.

The item is removed from the Favorites submenu.

Figure 72. You can click the Add to Favorites button in a Save Location dialog like this one to add the currently selected folder to your favorite items.


Figure 73. The Favorites folder contains icons for all your favorite items.


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