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Introduction to this page:

A reference file is any file that points to an underlying, original file.

Reference files are lightweight links, symlinks or shortcuts to original files. Many references can exist for one original file.

You can tell when a file is a reference, as the owner's avatar will be displayed in the top left hand corner:

Any metadata added to a reference file is automatically embedded in the underlying original file.

References are created when:

Can I delete a reference file?

Reference files cannot be deleted from Chorus because they are not real files. Instead, references are Removed

When you remove a reference file, you do not delete the underlying original file

For more, see Remove a file from a collection.

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Reference files are seen in collections and smart collections

Find an original file from a reference

1. Select the reference file.

2. Click Show Original in the right-hand sidebar.