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    a question about applications
    hello, im a new mac user and i was wanting to know if its safe to move system applications such as preview and dashboard into subfolders in my applications folder to make things look nicer. will this cause any problems?

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    Should be fine. I moved both the ones you mentioned and tried them. Both worked.

    I'm betting that System Preferences would refuse the invitation for a different apartment, in case you've thoughts of moving it.

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    There is a down side to this that you need to be aware of. Some applications do not like to be moved. If you movie iTunes, for example, to a new location, the Software update feature will not find it when there is a new release.
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    the only BIG apps that i moved were the iLife Apps like garageband imovie iphoto and idvd into a folder called ilife and then i moved textedit, dictionary automator, preview and dashboard into an accessories folder

    i really did not like having to scroll the applications menu in the dock because i have it set to list

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    Have you thought about using a program launcher such as Overflow - Application and document launcher for Mac OS X - Stunt Software. This would cut down on scrolling through the list of applications and makes moving them unnecessary.

    I am going to try creating Smart Folders for each of the types of apps I use and using those as launchers. It will mean tagging apps with Spotlight comments but I want to see how well it would work.

    BTW just in case you're interested I think all of the iLife apps as well as one or two others that you moved won't be seen by Software Update.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Kronusdark View Post
    the only BIG apps that i moved were the iLife Apps like garageband imovie iphoto and idvd into a folder called ilife ...
    I've done a similar thing, sans iPhoto, because I actually use it occasionally. I've also moved stuff to an iWork folder, because I don't use those either. If I ever start running out of space, I'll just delete them.

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