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Aliases to remote volumes fail in docked folders System
I create a Dock Items folder in my Library folder. Within that folder, I create several folders each containing apps I want to frequently launch but don't want them all in the dock. I drag these folders to the dock and this way I've got the same type of thing as an Apple menu.

But I've noticed that any alias I created to anything on a network volume doesn't work properly when navigating from the dock. Normally when I double click the alias in the Finder, it asks me to connect to the volume that the original item exists on. If I browse to the alias in the dock and select it. Nothing happens. Bummer. It would be nice if the opening docked items were the same as opening the same items in the finder.
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Favorites can do this...
Authored by: zarbs on Jun 20, '01 03:29:21AM

You can put your network drive aliases into the Favorites folder. Here's how:

1. Open the "Connect To Server" dialogue (in the Finder Go menu or Command-K)

2. In the dialogue, find your server in the list on the Local Network or type it's IP address in the bottom of the window.

3. When the logon dialogue appears enter your login information (user name and password) and then click on the Options button at the bottom left of the window.

4. In the Options window check the option to "Add Password To Keychain" and click OK. Go back to the login window and complete the login process by clicking OK.

5. Once your desired server has mounted in your Finder view (be it column, list or icon view or on the desktop itself) simply click on the icon to highlight it. Then, go back to the File menu in the Finder and select the option "Add To Favorites". You will now have a shortcut to you network volume in the Favorites folder of your user area.

Now you can mount it quickly in a number of ways:

1. Click on the Favorites heart in the Finder window toolbar. The folder will open and you simply click the network volume. If you are in column view the volume will mount automatically and the contents of the server will appear in the next column to the right.

2. In the "Go" menu select the Favorites option and the drop down menu will show your network volume. Selecting it will automatically mount the volume.

3. Or, finally, you can place a copy of your Favorites folder into the right side of the dock and use it as a pop up folder list to mount the volume (and anything else in the Favorites folder) automatically.

This is a quick and easy method to get you old aliases from Mac OS 9.1 working efficiently in OS X. It's a cool feature for me. Cheers...



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