How to Create a Desktop Shortcut on Mac

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Most people are accustomed to making Desktop Shortcuts on their Windows PCs for quick access to files and applications they need most. But when using a Mac, it seems as if that functionality has simply disappeared. But has it?

If you’d like to make a Desktop Shortcut on your Mac, it’s just as easy as it is on Windows, however it’s hidden in plain sight under a different name.

How to Make a Desktop Shortcut on a Mac

  1. Open Finder.
  2. Find and select the folder or file you’d like to create a Desktop Shortcut for.
  3. Right click the file and select Make Alias.
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  4. Rename the Alias if you’d like, or leave it as is.
  5. Drag and drop the Alias to your desktop to use as a shortcut.

When double clicked, the Alias will open the original document just like a traditional Windows Desktop Shortcut would. Changes you make will be saved in the same manner as if you had opened and worked on the file from its original location.


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