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
- Open Finder.
- Find and select the folder or file you’d like to create a Desktop Shortcut for.
- Right click the file and select Make Alias.
- Rename the Alias if you’d like, or leave it as is.
- 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.