How do I: get rid of alias (arrow) symbol for Alias Icons

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  1. roland.g macrumors 603

    roland.g

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    I want to create stacks for my Applications and put them in the dock by type. Utilities, Music & Video, iLife, etc. I think what I will do is make aliases for all the applications and put them in subfolders separate from the Applications folder, so then I have these 3-6 subfolders in my dock as stacks that I can display in Grid or Fan mode. And I don't have to see all my applications in one jumbled Grid and search for them.

    Yes, I know Spotlight or QuickSilver could access them differently.

    My question is, when I have created this duplicate system with the aliases to the apps, how do I remove the Alias (arrow) portion of the icon so that they look just like the actual icon down in the stack (or in my subfolders, etc)?
     
  2. brand macrumors 601

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    I don't think that is possible like it is in Windows.
     
  3. mysterytramp macrumors 65816

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    Flop them ... put the applications in the subfolders then put the aliases in your Applications folder.

    mt
     
  4. Tosser macrumors 68030

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    Will software update and adobe update work if one does that?
     
  5. MacBoobsPro macrumors 603

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    It is possible I used to do it myself. Instead of creating an arrow it appends 'alias' to the end of the filename.

    There is a keycombo to press when you drag the icon that will do it but I cant remember what it is. :eek:

    EDIT: Maybe it works differently in Leopard or maybe I dreamt it?! I was certain you could do it but I cant replicate it and googling it there are only two options. Either CandyBar or using the terminal.

    Meh what do I know? :D
     
  6. roland.g thread starter macrumors 603

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    I know that when 10.5 came out and there was an uproar that stacks didn't work as initially advertised allowing you to grab random things and not just a folder, that I read that several people were doing exactly as I mentioned (where I got the idea).

    I think it was a terminal command that essentially stopped the system from adding the alias symbol to all aliases system wide.

    But I looked and couldn't find it so I thought I'd ask.

    I have candy bar - not sure how it will help here??
     
  7. roland.g thread starter macrumors 603

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    FOUND IT IN CASE ANYONE ELSE WANTED TO KNOW:

    -thanks to user nokiauk in a Nov 2007 thread.

    If you want to the remove the Alias arrow then do this:

    Open Terminal, and copy and paste the following two commands (don’t copy the $, and press Return after each line):

    $ cd /System/Library/CoreServices/CoreTypes.bundle/Contents/Resources
    $ sudo mv AliasBadgeIcon.icns AliasBadgeIcon_OFF.icns
     
  8. pjrobertson macrumors 6502a

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    :rolleyes: Renaming the alias / arrow file is one solution yes
     
  9. roland.g thread starter macrumors 603

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    other suggestions?
     
  10. un4v41l48l3 macrumors newbie

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    :confused:

    I have found this idea everywhere, but it's not working for me. I have used the terminal commands and even edited the icns file with Gimp and Icon Composer. But nothing changes after I restart Finder. Any thoughts?
     
  11. Gregg2 macrumors 603

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    Yeah, let the little arrow be. It's not hurting anything.
     
  12. completeidiot23 macrumors member

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    maybe find a normal folder icon in the system folder, in the coretypse bundle, then just replace the folder icon, with a normal one?
     
  13. killer54291 macrumors newbie

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    easy. create an applescript application and change the icon and name to the app you want. all you need is this little script. i will use textedit as an example:

    Code:
    tell application "TextEdit"
    [tab]activate
    end tell
    [tab] means you press tab... so once you put that in applescript editor, just save it as the application's name and select Application as the file format. pop the icon onto that, and you're done!

    if you want it to open a folder, do the same thing but with this script:
    Code:
    tell application "Finder"
    [tab]open folder "VOLUME:FOLDER:PATH"
    end tell
    make sure to use colon's instead of forward slash. my hard drive is Q1 so the path to my desktop would be
    Code:
    Q1:Users:eric:Desktop
     
  14. xxhellfirexx macrumors newbie

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    Sorry for bumping this thread but after two days of thinking and researching, I found an elaborate solution to this problem. I documented this on my deviantart account if anyone wants to try it out.

    http://maxchung.deviantart.com/gallery/#/d318ji7
     

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