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Chapter 23. Using Aliases > Using Aliases

Using Aliases

Before I tell you how to make them, here are ideas for using aliases so you will want to make them (how to make an alias is on the following page).

  • Store aliases of documents in two or three places at once, including right on your Desktop. For instance, you may want to keep budget reports in folders organized by months, as well as in folders organized by projects. When you update the real document, every alias will open the updated document.

  • Leave aliases of applications neatly organized directly on your Desktop. This makes your applications available to you for the drag-and-drop trick of opening files, including files from other applications. (As explained in Chapter 12, you can drag any document onto the icon of the application to open the document. Many applications can open files created in other programs, so if you come across a file from a program you don’t have or perhaps you don’t know where it came from, you can drag the unknown file over the top of all these aliases that are sitting on your Desktop. Any icon that changes color when you drag the document on top of it will try to open that document. You can do this with application icons in the Dock as well.)

  • You might find you use a particular utility regularly. If so, put an alias of that utility right on your Desktop. (Utilities are stored in the Utilities folder, which is in the Applications folder.)

  • Put aliases of your favorite applications in a folder, then put that folder in the Dock. When you want to open an application, no matter where you are (meaning you don’t have to go back to the Finder), just press on that folder icon in the Dock to get the pop-up menu and choose your application from that menu. This is particularly useful if you have applications that need to open in Classic, because their icons are not in your Applications folder.


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