Like Windows, macOS allows you to create shortcuts (alias). Basically, this allows you to gain a quick access to your items or apps without the need to browse through tons of files and folders to locate the original files. The best thing is that you can move an alias anywhere on your Mac and launch items within it without having to worrying about the original files being relocated.
The process of creating an alias on a Mac is pretty simple, but it might not be known to many folks due to other features like Spotlight and the Dock in macOS. With that in mind, we will show you how to create an alias on your Mac.
Before we begin, make sure that you are running a modern version of macOS. (Aliases have been available on Mac for very long time and it may not require macOS Sierra. However, keep in mind that a new software update usually comes with bug fixes and performance improvements. Therefore, we recommend you update your Mac in case something goes wrong during the process)
Steps to create an alias on your Mac
Step one: First off, you need to look for the item you want to create an alias of. You can use the Finder on your Mac
Step two: Next up, all you need to do now is to click File from the Finder menu and make sure that you select Make Alias from the drop-down menu
Step three: Once you do that, an alias will be created and you can locate your newly-created alias and move it anywhere on your Mac, while the original files stay where they belong. (Note that your newly-created alias will share the name of the original but come with “alias” after the name)
That’s it! You can repeat the above process to create another alias on your Mac. For keyboard shortcut fans, you simply need to press Command + L to instantly create an alias for the chosen item.
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