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Chapter 23. Using Aliases > Making an Alias

Making an Alias

Making an alias is so easy:

1.
Select the item you want to make an alias of (click once on it).

2.
Then choose one of these four easy ways to make an alias:

  1. Either from the File menu, choose “Make Alias.”

  2. Or press Command L instead of going to the File menu.

  3. Or hold down the Control key and click on the item you want to make an alias of. A contextual menu will pop up, as shown below; choose “Make Alias.”


    An alias looks just like the original icon, but there’s a tiny arrow in the bottom-left corner. Unfortunately, the arrow is too dang tiny to be a very good visual clue.



    After you choose “Make Alias,” the new alias will be sitting right on top of the original file. Just drag it to where you want to keep it.


  4. Or hold down Command Option and drag the file—if you drag it to a different folder or to the Desktop, when you let go you’ll have an alias with the word “alias” removed from its name; if you drag to somewhere else in the same folder, you’ll have an alias with the word “alias” at the end of it.


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