Working with Finder

Learn how to use the OS X Lion Finder feature to improve your knowledge of the Apple operating system.

Creating a shortcut to a folder

If you have a folder you use frequently, you can save time by creating a shortcut (also called an alias) on the desktop. Instead of navigating to the folder each time you want to use it, you can simply double-click the shortcut and the folder will open. A shortcut will have a small arrow in the lower-left corner of the icon.

To create a shortcut:

  1. Navigate to where where your folder is located.
  2. Hold down the Option and Command keys, then click and drag the folder to the desktop. While you are dragging it, you should see a small arrow on the icon.
    Creating a shortcut on the desktopCreating a shortcut on the desktop
  3. When you release the mouse, the shortcut will be created. The icon should still have an arrow indicating that it is a shortcut.
    The finished shortcutThe finished shortcut