Aliases are shortcuts that point to an
original item. Generally, used for application programs, aliases
can be for any type of item such as folders, images, documents,
and more. Why do you want to use aliases? A common way is for launching
Let's take Internet Explorer for example.
If you haven't deleted any icons from your desktop, you should have
an Internet Explorer icon already on your desktop. It might be labeled
"Browse the Internet" or called "Internet Explorer".
That icon is actually an alias as it's pointing to the original
application, Internet Explorer, located on your Macintosh HD>Internet>Internet
Applications>Internet Explorer 5.
That's a long way to have to go every
time you want to use Internet Explorer. Instead, an alias has been
created for the program. The alias has been placed on the desktop
for your convenience. An alias can be deleted without effecting
the main application. This is why it's not a good idea to install
programs to your desktop for fear they might accidentally be deleted
or partially deleted.
Aliases are not programs or even copies
of programs. They are a shortcuts to the original program. Use aliases
with the Launcher
for faster access to your programs.
Create an alias of an application.
Locate an application you frequently by browsing your hard drive.
In this example, I'm going to make an alias of Transmit, an FTP
program I frequently use.
In this example, the Transmit folder is
in my Utilities Folder on my Macintosh HD.
Open the application folder to view the program.
Double click the Transmit folder to open it.
Select the application program for Transmit.
With the item selected, create an alias 1 of 3 ways:
Go up to File>Make Alias
the application program. Choose Make Alias from the dropdown
This immediately creates the alias. The
alias icon will have a small, black arrow in the bottom left hand
corner. This is indicates the icon is "pointing" to the
original icon. The alias's name also appears in italics.
An alias's name does NOT need the word "alias" in it.
You can delete that if you like.
Drag the icon to it's new location.
Go ahead and drag the icon to the desktop. Can you also notice the
other alias I have on my Desktop??
You can also drag the icon to the Launcher.
Find an alias's original file. To
find the original file for an alias, select the alias and go up
to File>Show Original. This will open the folder the original
item is in.