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2.3. Aliases

Highlighting an icon and then choosing File → Make Alias (or pressing -L), generates an alias, a specially branded duplicate of the original icon (see Figure 2-16, top). Since it's not a duplicate of the file—just of the icon—it therefore requires negligible storage space. When you double-click the alias, the original file opens. Even if you rename the alias, rename the original file, move the alias (even to a different drive), or move the original (on the same drive only), double-clicking the alias still opens the original icon.

Because you can create as many aliases as you want of a single file, aliases let you, in effect, stash that file in many different folder locations simultaneously.


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