How to Create a Shortcut on a MacBook

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Switching over to a Mac after using a Windows computer can at first be a confusing process. Mac-based operating systems work in different ways than their Windows cousins and may not be intuitive right away. But despite the different look and alternate features on a Mac, you can still perform most of the same tasks you were able to in Windows. That includes creating shortcuts for frequently used programs. A shortcut on a Mac is called an alias and works exactly the same way as shortcuts on Windows-based machines. If you use a MacBook and want to create an alias for a program or file, you can do so in just a few mouse clicks.

  • Click on the file or program for which you want to create a shortcut.

  • Click "File" in the taskbar at the top of your Mac desktop.

  • Click "Make Alias" to create a shortcut to the program or file.

  • Click the shortcut and hold down the mouse button. Drag the shortcut to your desktop or your desired shortcut location.

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