Creating Aliases

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Creating an alias
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In a recent tip, I explained how to create a printer that creates PDF files. While it is a great way to create PDFs, for various geeky reasons, the PDF files end up buried very deeply inside folders inside folders inside folders.

The Windows equivalent of an alias is a "shortcut." I actually think that the name shortcut is more descriptive than alias for what an alias is. An alias is a shortcut to a file or folder in an inconvenient location. For example, you can create an alias to the buried folder of PDFs and place the alias on your Desktop. Double clicking on the alias on your Desktop opens the folder the alias points to. Here's how to create an alias.

  1. In the Finder, locate the file or folder that you want to create the alias for. For example, the folder that the PDF printer creates is located at /Users/Shared/CUPS-PFD/[your account name].
  2. Right-click the name of the file or folder you want to create the alias for.
  3. Choose "Make Alias".
The alias is created in the same location as the original file or folder and has the same name with "alias" added to the end.

Drag the newly created alias to a convenient location such as the Desktop. (An easy way to get your alias to the Desktop is to drag it to Desktop on the FAVORITES section on the left pane of the Finder window.) Once your alias is in its new location, you can change the name to remove "alias" from the end if you want.

You can tell a file or folder is an alias by the small arrow added to the file's icon in the Finder. To find out the file or folder that the alias is pointing to, you can right-click the alias and choose Get Info.

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