If you want to access frequently used folders, files and apps on a Windows PC, creating a desktop shortcut can be a huge timer. Macs have the same functionality, but creating a shortcut (also known as an “alias”) in OS X requires a slightly different procedure. Follow these steps to start creating your aliases for apps, folders or files.
1. Click on the Finder icon at the bottom left of the screen (the leftmost icon in the Dock).
2. Click on the Folder, File, or Application you’d like to create a shortcut for on the left side of the window.
3. Right-click (or click with two fingers) on the item that you want to use for your alias.
4. Click Make Alias in the right-click options menu.
With the shortcut now created, you can drag the icon onto your desktop for easy access.