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Mac OS X in a Nutshell by Chris Stone, Chuck Toporek, Jason McIntosh

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Favorites

Mac OS X’s Favorites concept provides yet another way, along with Finder window toolbars and the Dock, to build shortcuts to frequently accessed folders and files. It can prove especially handy to make favorites out of folders you use frequently, since all the objects you’ve marked as Favorites show up as selections in the From: menu of the standard Open dialog box, and in the Where: menu of the standard Save dialog. This lets you quickly access these folder from inside most any application—see Section 1.5.

Aqua gives you several ways to create a new favorite:

  • In the Finder, select the object(s), then choose File Add To Favorites.

  • Drag an object onto the heart-shaped Favorites icon in a Finder window’s toolbar.

  • Click the Add to Favorites button (see Figure 1-32) on any application’s Open or Save dialog after selected an object within it.

  • Add aliases of the objects to ~/Library/Favorites (see Section 2.5.3).

All of these methods add aliases of selected objects to ~/Library/Favorites directory. You can visit this folder in any of the usual ways, or by clicking once on the Favorites icon in a Finder window’s toolbar.

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