Fixing Broken File Paths - Mac


In the event that a file path is broken, usually when the original file is moved or deleted, it will cause the shortcut to become broken. This article will explain how to fix the file paths so that the shortcut will work.






Example of how to change the path name of a file in Mac:

This image illustrates where a shortcut can be located on the sidebar in Finder. 

Hint: Your folder structure will look different than what is shown in this image:


shorcut bar image in a mac



From the original file, navigate to the folder that you have made a shortcut to in your sidebar.

image of a sidebar shortcut on a mac computer

Right click on the the Folder and then select Get Info to get the path information.


Image will display the exact file location. Record the file address and use this information to locate the original file and you can create a new shortcut and remember to delete this (broken) shortcut.

image of path name location on a mac

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