SMB stands for "Server Message Block" and refers to the protocol used to share files, printers and other networked communications on computers running Windows operating systems. Apple Macintosh computers use the Apple Filing Protocol (AFP) for the same purpose, but can also access existing SMB networks. Apple Macs do not use the Windows term "shortcut" to refer to the type of file that directs you from the desktop to an application or other destination. You can, however, create an "alias," which achieves the same effect.
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Click the "Finder" icon on your Mac's desktop, select "Preferences" and click the "General" tab.
Tick the box marked "Connected servers." Close your "Finder" window and click on the "Go" menu. Select "Network" and double click the SMB network you wish to make an alias for.
The SMB network should now be visible on your desktop. Right-click the SMB then select "Create Alias." You can now reconnect to the network by double-clicking the alias.
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