How to create shortcut in Mac OS X

create shortcut in mac os x, mac os x, macIn window, we use to create shortcut at Desktop for easy access. It’s a bit different to create shortcut in Mac OS X. For Mac newbie, this tutorial will teach you how to create shortcut in Mac OS X.

To create short cut in Mac OS X, follow the steps below:-


  • Launch your Finder, look for the program that you want to create shortcut for.
  • Highlight the program by clicking once on the file
  • Control + Click on the file (or Right click on the file), and select “Make Alias”
  • Once the alias being created, you may drag the alias to desktop or to anywhere you wish
  • Done. you’ve just created a shortcut in Mac OS X

** In Windows we call it shortcut, in Mac OS X we call it Alias.

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24 Responses to “How to create shortcut in Mac OS X”

  1. KLanD says:

    Except when you do this for a file, when you move the “alias” to another folder or drive it looses it’s target. So you have to manually redirect the target. Or at least this is what happened to me on a couple days ago. Took me 15-20 min to make 8 shortcuts.

    Why does Apple have to make things so difficult..

  2. Steve says:

    This worked great for a document in the ICloud. Thanks for the help.

  3. Don says:

    This did not create a shortcut, it copied the file. I attempted to send a shortcut to a co-worker and ended up with a 240 MB file on the message. Not helpful.

  4. Randy says:

    An alias is not a shortcut. With a Windows shortcut, you can set the program’s working directory and pass arguments to it. For example, I want to launch the command:

    /Applications/ –profilemanager

    How can I do this using an alias?

  5. Alessandro Guarneri says:

    Thanks. Excellent tip.

  6. Julie says:

    thanks, works a treat

  7. liviu says:

    i want to creat a shortcat for my email address.
    please help me

  8. Anonymous says:

    Or you could just right-click and select “Make Alias”

  9. Natalie says:

    Thanks, I’ve been trying to figure this out all morning! 🙂

  10. 13aholic says:

    Thanks a lot 🙂

  11. David says:


    This works brilliantly. Thanks

  12. Michael says:

    To NicoPico,

    Genius. I have been trying to “alias” an NTFS folder and this worked liked a charm. After a few hours of searching for solutions, your’s is the only one I could find. Thankyou


  13. A.mozayanfar says:

    hi,thanks,but i steel have problem with mac os version 10.6.7
    It doesnt have alias to create shortcut

  14. Jason Z. says:

    Command+Option+ (mouse drag)

    Will also create an alias.

  15. Phiby2530 says:

    Many thanks to NicoPico.

    I was lookign for it for a long time.


  16. chua says:

    Volume already exists at the top menu bar. do you still need a shortcut for that?

  17. PhongTran says:

    How to create shortcut of a Volume ???

  18. arzenigh says:

    thx so much 🙂

  19. Scott Auge says:

    I was hoping to make a short cut on a shell script I can click on and it will start up.

    Turns out, one can simply change the postfix to .command and it will work. For example:

    cp run.command

    make sure the shell script’s first line details which parser to use.

    Then from the finder, one can simply navigate to the run.command script and double click it. Terminal will start up and start running the script.

  20. NicoPico says:

    @Peter: Ok the files in the System directory are protected…
    There’s a way anyway:

    Create a new folder on the desktop.
    Make an alias of this folder as described in this article.
    Throw the (empty) folder away. Empty the trash.
    Open the Alias.
    Naturally the alias won’t find the folder.
    A window pops up. Click on “Fix alias…”
    You are asked for a new file to link the alias to.
    Select the file you want (in your case: System/Library/CoreServices/Screen
    The alias works now.

  21. Peter says:

    What if there is no “Make Alias” option in the right click menu, and “Make Alias” in the File menu is grayed out?

    I want to make an alias to System/Library/CoreServices/Screen, but I can’t…

  22. Aziz says:

    Its the same thing. Highlight the folder and right click. click alias and drag the alias whereever. It works like a charm THANKS DUDE!

  23. Mark Palmos says:

    I want to create a shortcut to a FOLDER, not a programme!
    This is very easy on Windows, but i cannot seem to find a way to do it on my mac 🙁

  24. Tarun says:

    Thanks it helped

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