How to Create Shortcuts on Mac

Do you want to know how to create a shortcut on the desktop of your Mac? Evan will explain how to make shortcuts of files and programs.
On a Windows PC, you use many shortcuts. People make it a hobby to collect as many shortcut icons as possible on their desktop. On the Mac, that’s a bit unnecessary, because the dock is a much better way to access your programs quickly. But a shortcut to a program or folder can still be very useful. That’s why we explain in this guide how to create shortcuts on the Mac.

You can create shortcuts in two different ways. We explain both of them to you step-by-step.

  1. Create Mac shortcuts via the shortcut menu

Go to the program or folder for which you want to create a shortcut.

  1. Select the program or folder
  2. Open the file menu and choose ‘Create alias’.
  3. Now a shortcut appears ( macOS calls this an alias). Drag the shortcut to the desired location, such as the desktop.
  4. Now you have made a copy of the shortcut. Give the shortcut a logical name at the desired location.
  5. You can only use your mouse for this method. In the second method, you also use your keyboard thanks to a handy key combination.

2. Create shortcuts via click-and-drag

Go to the program or folder for which you want to create a shortcut.
Hold down Alt / Option (⌥) + Command (⌘) on the keyboard and click and drag the icon to the desktop (or else the desired location) to immediately create a shortcut there.

This way you don’t have to go to a separate menu first, because the button combination makes you a shortcut immediately. With a shortcut, you always get to your favorite program or folder quickly, without having to browse all the way to the right location.

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