Shortcut to home folder on desktop?

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  1. secretpact macrumors 6502

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    Does anyone know how to add a shortcut to my home folder to my desktop? I searched the forums but didn't find the answer.
     
  2. iCeFuSiOn macrumors 6502a

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    Open your home folder (you can do this by clicking on the Finder icon in the dock) and then Command-Option-Left Click & Drag the home folder icon from the title bar of the Finder window to the desktop. Voila, you have an alias to the home folder.

    Or, you can create a symbolic link by using the following command in Terminal:

    ln -s ~/ ~/Desktop/Home
     
  3. secretpact thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Thanks! I'm surprised more people don't do this.
     
  4. iCeFuSiOn macrumors 6502a

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    I do :p Force of habit from the Windows days for me I suppose, hehe.
     
  5. motulist macrumors 68040

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    You can also put your home folder in the dock.

    You can also put your home folder in the side bar (if it's not already there).

    You can also set your home folder to be the Finder's default 'New Finder Window' location (if it isn't already). That way

    You can also get to it through spotlight.

    You can also keep it opened in it's open Spaces space and then switch to it with a key command.

    ...

    ... and that's about all the ways I can think of.
     
  6. rkdiddy macrumors 65816

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    sorry - old thread...

    but thank you for this. it was helpful, i always wondered why this wasn't an option out of the box. it seems to me this is more helpful that having the hd on the desktop.
     
  7. darkpaw macrumors 6502

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    I prefer clicking on the Desktop and pressing Command + Up cursor key to go up a level.

    Since the Desktop is simply a folder in your Home folder, going up a level takes you to your Home folder. Simple.
     
  8. harsh2888 macrumors newbie

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    Putting HOME on Desktop

    I tried doing Command + Option + Left Click and Drag it onto the desktop, however, I received the following message:

    “HOME” can’t be opened right now because it’s being used by another task, such as moving or copying an item or emptying the Trash. Try again when the current task is complete.

    I really want my home folder on desktop as it would make it very convinient, any suggestions??
     
  9. colourfastt macrumors 6502a

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    For me it's easier to have the folders I use most on the dock, i.e., documents, downloads, movies, & pictures. No reason to go the desktop to open a folder when I can do it directly from the dock.
     
  10. Gregg2 macrumors 603

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    Bump up one level from your Home folder so you can highlight its icon in the Finder Window. Secondary click (right click or Control-click) on the icon, and select Make Alias. Now drag the alias to your Desktop.
     
  11. harsh2888 macrumors newbie

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    Home Folder on Desktop

    Gregg,

    I tried that and when I did right click, there was no option to "Make Alias"...I believe Command + L, does the same thing right? I tried that as well, no success.

    Harsh
     
  12. Gregg2 macrumors 603

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    harsh,

    Do you have an active Make Alias command in your Finder File Menu, or is it gray?

    What OS do you have?

    Just what do you see when you highlight the Home Folder icon and right click on it?
     
  13. macrem macrumors 65816

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    In Finder Preferences, you can also set "new Finder windows open:" to open your user folder. Then, the Finder icon in Dock opens your user folder. This is why I stopped using an alias on the desktop.

    For the CLI command someone posted earlier, I'd suggest going with "ln -s ~ ~/Desktop/" to preserve the proper folder name that is used everywhere else.
     
  14. harsh2888 macrumors newbie

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    Home Folder

    I have MS OS X 10.6.2 and yeah the Make Alias is Gray. However, I believe it would be easier just to click the Finder Icon on the deck and get to the Home Folder.
     
  15. Gregg2 macrumors 603

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    I think you're right. For some reason, it seems that Apple's programmers think it's not a good idea to allow users to make an alias of the Home Folder. I can't do it with 10.5.8 either.
     
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  17. davidcollantes macrumors newbie

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    Not removed

    Hold down Apple + Option while you drag the folder to the desktop.
     
  18. Mal macrumors 603

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    Actually, Apple programmers feel that it's not a good idea to allow a user to modify the /Users/ folder without having root access. That's a very good thing. See, when you create an alias from the File menu, it places it in the same directory where the original file was. That's /Users/ in this case. That's not a good thing. You don't want people to have the ability to modify that folder, since it's vital to system operation. Granted, it makes this task a bit more difficult, but since they want you to use the Dock for this anyways, it's not a high priority to figure out a workaround that would break their user experience paradigm anyways.

    See?

    jW
     
  19. Gregg2 macrumors 603

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    Well, actually, that works.
     
  20. timlevin macrumors newbie

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    YES! Thanks David.
     

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