MacOSX- put a shortcut to my Dock

Posted on 2007-09-28
Last Modified: 2013-11-24
I have a Mac OSX 10.4.1.

I have a PDF file called schedule.pdf

I want to add an icon to the dock. When clicked, it should open schedule.pdf.
How to do this?

ps: Clicking to open Preview, and then manually opening schedule.pdf is not a valid option
pss: in MsWindows is very easy. With the right button, you drag schedule.pdf to the quick launch tool bar.

Many thanks,

Question by:dportabella
    LVL 6

    Accepted Solution


    All the icons on the doc are shortcuts, you don't need to re-add. Just drag and drop the file icon in to the right side of the dock bar.

    Check this out,



    Author Comment

    please, one additional small question:

    I want to put an icon in the dock, so that when I click it, it open a webpage, for instnace "".

    I open Firefox,  I visit, and I drag the icon at the left of the url to the desktop.
    (I cannot drag it to the Dock)
    Then, I drag the new file from the desktop to the dock.
    This works.

    However, if I remove the file from the Desktop, then it stops working.

    How can I have an icon in the dock, so that when I click it, it opens
    (without having external files)

    Many thanks,
    LVL 6

    Expert Comment


    Sorry for the delay.

    Just remember, what ever you add in to the dock is only a shortcut not the source file. You best to create a folder in your account called "ShortCuts" and have all the shortcut files in there. So just drag them in your dock.

    You can make a shortcut from safari by clicking and dragging the little icon on the left side of the URL. If you drag that icon on to your "ShortCuts" folder and then in to your Dock, I think you'll find that'll open that link.

    Hope this helps,



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