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Beyond the Basics > Using Aliases

Chapter 23. Using Aliases

Aliases are one of the greatest features of the Mac. An alias is an icon that represents the real thing—you double-click the alias and it goes and gets the real thing and opens it. This can make your life so much easier because you can put the aliases in easy-to-access places and so get to your mostused files very quickly without having to dig down into folders.

For instance, let’s say you’re working on a newsletter for your greenhouse enterprise and you have an “April Newsletter” folder. Inside this folder is a PageMaker file for the newsletter itself, plus all of the word processing stories and all of the photographs that will be dropped into the newsletter file. This “April Newsletter” folder is stored in your Home area, inside the Documents folder, inside the “Greenhouse” folder. Instead of having to dig down into all of those folders to get to the PageMaker file, make an alias of the PageMaker file and put the alias right on your Desktop. Then you’ll just double-click the alias to open the newsletter and get right to work.


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