Mac OS X : Aliases VS Windows: Shortcuts

Both Mac OS X and Windows XP have a method of creating a file that is a link to an item elsewhere in the file system. OS X calls these links aliases, while XP calls them shortcuts. Each operating system has a different method for creating aliases/shortcuts.

Mac OS X

You can create an alias to any file or folder on your computer or network. To create an alias in OS X:

  • Control- or right-click a file and select Make Alias
  • Begin dragging an item, then hold down -option. Release the mouse in the location you want to create the alias. Proxy icons (the icon in a window’s title bar) can also be dragged this way

To show the item that the alias links to:

  • While the alias is selected, go to File > Show Original in the Finder
  • Control- or right-click on the alias and select Show Original
  • From an alias’ Get Info dialog, click the Show Original button
  • Select an alias and type -R (for Reveal)


You can create a shortcut to any file or folder on your computer or network. To create a shortcut in XP:

  • Right-click a file and select Create Shortcut
  • Begin dragging an item, then hold down control-shift. Release the mouse in the location you want to create the shortcut
  • Drag the icon in a window’s titlebar and release it where you would like to create the shortcut
  • Drag a file/folder with the right mouse button, then select Create Shortcut from the contextual menu that appears when releasing the mouse button
  • Select File > New > Shortcut in Windows Explorer, or use a contextual menu in an Explorer window to select New > Shortcut

How to resize an image in iPhoto

There are 2 option that you can resize your image in iPhoto

Option 1: A simple but effective way to resize and email a photo

Select your image and choose the Email button at the bottom right corner of the iPhoto window. This pop-up box will appear:

The one option you have is to select a file size: Small, Medium, Large and Actual Size. You don’t have the option to select a width or height, but the pop-up will display the file size for each option you select. The smaller the file size the quicker the photo will download to the recipient’s computer.

Select Compose and the Apple Mail program will open for you to write and send your message. This is the most basic option and will only be useful if you use Apple Mail.

Option 2: For more control over resizing your image in iPhoto follow these 3 steps

Step 1 – Choose your image

Select your image and choose File -> Export. A pop-up window with three tabs will appear.

Step 2 – Select a file format

On the File Export tab there are several options you can change – you want the Kind and Size options. The Kind option has five file formats to choose from. Three of these allow you to resize the image: JPEG; PNG; or TIFF. If you select JPEG (a common format to email) you also have the option to select an image quality, ranging from low to maximum, and this will affect the final file size of the image.

Step 3 – Select a size

On the Size option you can simply select Small, Medium or Large, but if you want a specific size select Custom. This is my preferred option.

If you choose Custom select a specific height or width. Click Export and save the image to a location on your computer. And that’s it!