Luvi Silverberg
November 11, 2022

How to Make File Backlinks on Mac OS Finder


If you want to make sure that all of your backlinks stay up to date, here's how:

Open to the main folder

Open Finder and navigate to the folder you want to make a backlink for. Click on that folder, then right-click (or control-click) it, and select "View" from the menu that appears. The window that opens will show you all of the files in your current directory that match the name of whatever filename you're trying to find out about (e.g., if I were trying to figure out which file was called 'sneak_the_puzzle,' this would be how I'd look at my Mac).

Open the folder where your backlink is

To find your backlink, open the folder where you want to find it. You can do this by clicking on the Finder icon on your dock or using Spotlight (the magnifying glass in the top right corner of your screen).

Once you have opened a folder, click on its name while holding down [Command]. This will show all files within that folder. Click on one of these files and press [Return] once you've selected it; this will open up an image file with information about that particular file attached.

If there are multiple files inside an image file then only one at a time will be displayed when selecting one from these images for backlinks purposes - so make sure not to choose anything else!

Select "New Smart Folder" from Finder's File menu

Now that you've got a file open, select the "New Smart Folder" option from Finder's File menu. Give it a name, and make sure that it's a backlink to your website.

If all goes well, once you click "Save," Mac OS Finder will create an empty folder with your new link in it!

Click on the "+" button in the top right of the new window

  • Click on the "+" button in the top right of the new window.

  • Click on "Other..." and select "Kind" from the left-hand list.

  • Select either "alias" or "file".

Click "Other..." to find a list of criteria.

Click on the "+" button in the top right of the new window.

  • Type "Backlink" in the box that appears, and then select "All results".

  • Click "Next".

  • Choose Kind from this list (it should be set to Is), and leave it set at its default name of Backlink.*

Choose "Kind" from the left-hand list and leave it set to "is" on the right-hand side. From the drop-down menu, select either "alias", depending on what you want your backlink to be.

Now you can see all of the files that don't have an alias in Finder. The file types will be listed under "Kind". If you click on one of these files, it'll display its path and actual name in Finder.

For example:

#1 On Mac OS X 10.12 Sierra (macOS version 10.12), macOS version 10.13 High Sierra (macOS version 10.13), or macOS version 10.14 Mojave (macOS version 10).

Click Save when you're done. Name it whatever you want and decide if you want it displayed in Finder's sidebar or not. If you do, make sure it has a checkmark next to it, then click Save.

  • Make sure the backlink is in the same folder as the file you want to link to. This can be tricky if you're not used to working with folders, but it's an important step!

  • Make sure your link is set up correctly using Finder's sidebar and smart folder options (see below). You'll want to make sure that everything is checked off by clicking on each option individually before moving onto step 4.

  • If possible, use a smart folder instead of just creating a new folder directly under "Documents." I find this makes things easier because then all my links will show up at once rather than having them scattered throughout my hard drive like little jagged pieces of glass everywhere else - which doesn't look very nice either!

Make sure that all of your backlinks stay up to date with these instructions

  • Always make sure that you have the latest version of your backlinks on your site. This can be done by going to [Google Webmaster Central], clicking on "Site settings" and then going to the link for external linking.

  • You should update this link once every two weeks or so, depending on how often you need to change it. It's best if you wait at least four days between changes so that people won't get confused about why one link is suddenly gone!

  • If you want more control over which links appear when someone searches for a certain topic/keyword, then consider using automation tools like Searchmetrics' Backlinkchecker tool (which lets users manage their own lists) or Ahrefs' Link Explorer feature (which allows users to see how many backlinks each page has received).


In conclusion, I hope you found this article helpful. If you've got any questions or comments, please leave them below!