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Creating Aliases

It can take you a while to access a file or folder buried several levels down in a folder. To save some time, you can create shortcuts to the items you use frequently. Aliases are shortcuts that point to a folder or file. An alias allows you to access the original folder or file from several different places. When you create an alias to a folder or file, the icon includes a little arrow in the lower-left corner. You can't make an alias for an application. However, you can add an application into the Dock, which acts like an alias. When you double-click an alias icon, a folder opens with the contents of the original folder or a document opens using it's associated application. If you delete an alias of a folder or file, the original folder or file is not deleted, just the alias.

Create an Alias

Open the Finder window with the icon in which you want to create an alias.

Select the icon.

Click the File menu, and then click Make Alias.

TIMESAVER Hold down +Option, and then drag a file or folder to create an alias.

The alias icon appears in the Finder window.

If you want, rename the alias icon, and then press Return.

Drag the alias icon to the desktop or another folder.


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