You cannot do the highlight in Finder of El Capitan 10.11.4. However, there may be other methods to do it.

How can you highlight a symbolic link in Finder of El Capitan?


Set your highlight on the original, the symlink will follow - even across different drives on the same machine, even across different machines, so long as they are able to see each other.

Note: Sometimes the changes are not visible immediately to the Finder. Any change to the folder is usually enough to 'remind' it.

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  • Why cannot you put the highlight to the symlink and then it would change to all others? – Léo Léopold Hertz 준영 May 25 '16 at 8:22
  • I've no idea, but you can't. – Tetsujin May 25 '16 at 8:31
  • I tested this proposal now. It does not work in 10.11.5. How did you get it work? – Léo Léopold Hertz 준영 May 25 '16 at 18:40
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    I'm on 10.11.5 also. If you don't see the change, you need to force a refresh on the Finder window. copy a new file in there, etc... I tested this on a local machine with several internal drives & also across to another shared Mac on the local network. It worked. – Tetsujin May 25 '16 at 19:03
  • I found the reason for my problem. If you have changed the name of the symbolic link and original source any time. You cannot highlight. After reboot, I also noticed that the symbolic link did not work anymore after such name changes. – Léo Léopold Hertz 준영 May 26 '16 at 7:15

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