How do I open an Alias file when original can't be found?

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by Cosine9, Feb 19, 2012.

  1. Cosine9 macrumors newbie

    Feb 19, 2012

    I made a new home account on my macbook pro and deleted the one I was using before. When I was using my new home account, I came across a folder that I wanted to open called "College Apps", but it was an alias folder, originally on the previous home account I deleted. I can't open it, because it says that the "original item can't be found." I am pretty sure this is because of my previous home account that I deleted. Is there a way that I can open this folder?

    Please let me know!

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  2. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere


    May 16, 2008
    You can't. The alias only points to a file. If the file is gone, it can't be opened.
  3. Dweez macrumors 65816


    Jun 13, 2011
    Down by the river
    Do you have a backup which includes the data from the old account?
  4. Dark Lain macrumors member

    Dark Lain

    Apr 29, 2005
    We need an app that can repair Alias files for those times we change folder names or file positions.
  5. GimmeSlack12 macrumors 603


    Apr 29, 2005
    San Francisco
    You don't need such an app, OS X keeps track of this stuff for you. The OP on the other hand has deleted the original file, therefore his Alias is forever broken.

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