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Chapter 23. Using Aliases > Details of Aliases

Details of Aliases

Making aliases is easy, but here are some details you should understand.

  • An alias isn’t a duplicate of anything; it’s just a pointer to the real thing. If you double-click an alias of Quicken, you’ll open your original Quicken application, even if the original Quicken is stored in a completely different folder.

  • If you delete an alias, you don’t delete the original—the original is still stored on your hard disk. So you can keep revising your filing system as your needs change. Don’t want that alias of Budget Charts cluttering up your Project Plans folder any more? Fine; throw it away. The original Budget Charts is still where you stored it.

  • If you put an item into an alias of a folder, the item actually gets put into the original folder.

  • You can move an alias and even rename an alias. The Mac will still be able to find the original and open it whenever you double-click on the alias.

  • Even if you move or rename the original file, the alias can still find it.

  • If you delete the original file, the Mac does not automatically delete any of the aliases you created for that file. When you double-click on an alias whose original has been trashed, you will get a message telling you the original could not be located. See the following page.


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