How to Make Desktop Shortcuts in macOS

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If you want to access frequently used folders, files and apps on a Windows PC, creating a desktop shortcut can be a huge timer. Macs have the same functionality, but creating a shortcut (also known as an "alias") in macOS requires a slightly different procedure. Follow these steps to start creating your aliases for apps, folders or files.

1. Click on the Finder icon at the bottom left of the screen (the leftmost icon in the Dock).

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2. Right-click on the Folder, File, or Application you'd like to create a shortcut for on the left side of the window.

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3. Select Make Alias.

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4. Click enter and drag the alias to your desktop.

screen shot 2016 03 22 at 3.50.07 pmThe icon is now easily accessible on your desktop.

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  • c20h28o2 Says:

    The only problem is that this alias will stay at source folder. When you dragging it to your desktop you're doing a copy.
    You're creating alias inside source folder and then copying it to desktop.
    Is it possible to create desktop shortcut without doing alias inside source folder???

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