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Thursday, April 5, 2007

Creating alias or copying from the apps!

A great tip submitted by Damian Seagar: Creating alias or copying from the apps! In applications such as Preview and QuickTime, you can drag the mini icon that is in the top bar of the app right to the desktop or any folder in the Finder to create an Alias. You can also hold down "Option" (Alt) when dragging it and it will copy instead. You can do the same thing within the Finder to move a folder. Thanks Damian for the tip!

I forgot to upload the screenshots! So it's the small icon at the left of the name of the folder or file.


Blogger Damian said...

Additionally, you can drag directly to an app on the dock.
ie; an image in Preview to the Photoshop dock icon.

April 5, 2007 at 12:33 AM  
Blogger Darren said...

Maybe I'm not getting something here, but it did not work for me... Screenshot perhaps or better explanation of what I'm picking to grab and drag....

April 5, 2007 at 12:58 AM  
Blogger Damian said...

just hold your click down for a half second longer than you usually would, and it should pop right out.

April 5, 2007 at 3:25 AM  
Blogger Andy said...

Have we done the tip where command clicking the title bar of a doc window tells you where the file is saved?

April 5, 2007 at 9:35 AM  
Blogger Joanna Ryćko said...

You can also drag&drop this icon to an open new mail to send it as an attachment. It's very useful when you, for example, create a new PDF file from LaTeX or InDesign and it will open immediately -- so you don't have to open a Finder window or hide all windows to see your desktop to mail the document immediately.

April 5, 2007 at 11:07 AM  
Blogger MacGeek said...

Andy: Yes, it was one of the tip for the Path of a file in the Finder and also to find where the file is saved in Microsoft Office.


April 5, 2007 at 11:18 AM  
Blogger kkamann said...

Ok...this might be a bit off topic, but how do I make an alias of the app itself, like to the desktop? From what I understand, if I simply drag the icon to my desktop, it will simply move the whole app to the desktop.

I know dragging the icon to the dock makes an alias, correct? Or do I have two copies of Camino on my iMac?

April 6, 2007 at 7:58 PM  
Blogger Joy said...

The only way I know is to ctrl-click on the icon and choose "make alias". The icon will clearly state that it is an alias and have a little arrow on the bottom left.

April 8, 2007 at 9:41 AM  
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