How to Make Drive Shortcuts on a Mac OS X

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Mac OS X is a UNIX-like operating system distributed with all new Apple Macintosh computers. Mac OS X is based on the BSD UNIX platform. UNIX-like operating systems use the concept of "mount points" in the filesystem to connect to devices such as disk drives. Mac OS X uses the term "alias" to represent a shortcut. You can make drive shortcuts on Mac OS X by creating aliases to the desired drives.

  • Click an empty area of the desktop background.

  • Click the "Finder" menu at the top of the screen.

  • Click "Preferences."

  • Click the name of the computer under "New Finder Windows Open."

  • Click the red "X" in the upper-left corner of the window to close it.

  • Click the "Finder" icon in the Dock.

  • Press and hold the "Command" and "Option" keys while dragging the icon for the drive to a different location, such as the desktop. This action creates a shortcut, or alias, which can then be copied or moved to any location on the system.

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