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Chapter 23. Using Aliases > Automatic Aliases

Automatic Aliases

There are a several places on your computer where the Mac automatically creates an alias for you: When you drag an item into the Dock, the original item doesn’t actually move to the Dock—the Mac puts an alias in the Dock. That’s why you can delete the icon from the Dock in a puff of dust and you still have the original file in your folder. The same thing happens when you drag an item into any Finder window Toolbar—the Mac puts an alias in the Toolbar. The Recent Places menu that appears in “Save As” and “Open” dialog boxes, as well as the Apple menu, uses aliases that are automatically created for you.

When you drop a file on the Favorites icon in the Toolbar, or when you select a file and use the Favorites command in the File menu (“Add to Favorites,” or press Command T), the Mac automatically puts an alias of the file in the Favorites folder. (See Chapter 24 about Favorites.)


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