How to create an alias in OS X

Step-by-step instructions

OS X aliases allow you to create shortcuts to folders, files, and applications on your Mac. You can move and delete an alias without affecting the original file.


  1. Drag a program out of the Applications folder to automatically create an alias for the application.
  2. Double-click the alias to open the corresponding application.

Files and Folders

  1. Right-click a file and select "Make Alias."
  2. You can rename the alias to whatever name you choose.
  3. Move the file to an easily accessible location, such as the desktop.
  4. Double-click the alias to open the corresponding file or folder.

NOTE: You can also create an alias by holding down the Command and Option keys while dragging a file or folder to another location.