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Mac OS X: The Missing Manual, Second Edition by David Pogue

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Aliases: Icons in Two Places at Once

Highlighting an icon and then choosing FileMake Alias (or pressing

Aliases: Icons in Two Places at Once

-L), generates an alias, a specially branded duplicate of the original icon (see Figure 2-7). It’s not a duplicate of the file—just of the icon; therefore it requires negligible storage space. When you double-click the alias, the original file opens. Because you can create as many aliases as you want of a single file, aliases let you, in effect, stash that file in many different folder locations simultaneously. Double-click any one of them, and you open the original icon, wherever it may be on your system.

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