Q&A: The neat way to create aliases

Q Although I find aliases a useful aid to navigating my hard disk, they seem cumbersome to create. Is there an easier way to make an alias to one location in another place?

A There is one neat and relatively unknown trick to do this in the Finder.

Select the object to which the alias will point, then hold down the Command and Option keys whilst dragging that icon to the location in which you wish the alias to be placed. Notice that whilst dragging, the icon changes to contain the small alias arrow, and use the popup folder feature if you cannot at first see the destination.

Updated from the original, which was first published in MacUser volume 26 issue 16, 2010.