OS X is filled with a number of links to documents, programs, and other items that may be regularly accessed. For instance, programs you place in the Dock are all simply links to the application files in your Macintosh HD > Applications folder. Likewise, items in the Finder sidebar are links to respective folders and documents you have placed there.
For all such locations (customizable or otherwise), if you click a link directly then, as expected, the system will open the targeted file, folder, or application. This may be the desired action in most cases, but you may instead wish … Read more