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Mac: How to Create An Alias on macOS Sierra

Finding an app, document, folder or other items can be quite easy with the help of Spotlight. You can also place an app, website, or folder to the Dock so that you can quickly access to it within one click. Yet, many Mac users may have no idea that they could create aliases for easy and quick access.

In this post we are going to show you how to make an alias for a file, folder, app or even disk. An alias in macOS is similar to a shortcut in Windows. You can create an alias and drag it to any location you desire for easy reach. When you double click on the alias, the item it stands for will open so you don’t have to track down its original location. Actually, the items you see in the Finer sidebar and the Dock are all aliases.

To create an alias of any kind of items on Mac, follow the simple steps below:

  • Open the Finder, and locate the item you want to create an alias of.
  • Select the item, pull down the File menu and choose Make Alias.
  • Locate the newly-created alias and place it where you want to store.

The alias will have the same name of the selected item but include ‘alias’ after the name, and a little arrow badge will appear in the left-bottom corner of the alias icon.

Here’s the keyboard shortcut for creating an alias: press Command + L after selecting the target item. Besides, you can press Option + Command while dragging the target item to another location, so that the alias of the item will be created and moved to the desired location in one step. You can create as many as aliases as you want.

To add an alias to the Finder sidebar or Dock, just drag the original item to the Favorites section in Finder sidebar or the Dock to create an alias for it. To remove an alias, you need to drag it out of the sidebar or Dock and choose Remove when prompted. Note that it only remove the alias instead of the original item.

Additionally, you may need to navigate to the location of the original item. In that case you just need to select its alias and choose File menu > Show Original option.

If you install many games on your Mac and would like to access them more conveniently, here’s my advice: create a new folder called Games on a desired location, and put all aliases of your gaming apps to the folder for quick access.

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