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    Lost Applications Folder
    G'Day,
    This is my first post.
    I have an IMac with Snow Leopard.
    I have lost my Applications Folder from two places.
    First I lost it from the Dock and following advice from older posts I dragged a copy (empty) from Finder to the same position on the dock. Clicking on this just says "Open in Finder" so I deleted this.
    Then in Finder I clicked on the Applications tag (in Places) to open Applications Folder (AF) and dragged an icon into the AF I just put on the dock but the AF just turned into the icon i moved.
    Next suggestion was to drag AF from HD which I took to be that Applications tag in Finder > Places but seems like it was a bad thing to do as that just disappeared too. So now the only way I can get to my AF is to search through spotlight. I would appreciate some help to get it back to normal.
    thanks, macropod

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    Your Applications folder should be in your Macintosh HD. If not, check your Trash.

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    Open Finder

    Under Devices, highlight MacIntosh HD - or what ever you named your drive if your changed it - mine is called Black Mask.

    Then:



    Notice I said "right side"... you cannot put this folder on the left side of the separator in the dock.


    If you do not have Applications listed in the Sidebar of Finder:

    Open Finder - Preferences - click on the Sidebar tab and then under Devices, put a check mark next to Applications
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    Quote Originally Posted by macropod View Post
    I have lost my Applications Folder from two places.
    First I lost it from the Dock ...
    ...
    Next suggestion was to drag AF from HD which I took to be that Applications tag in Finder > Places but seems like it was a bad thing to do as that just disappeared too.
    The statement in bold above is not correct. Allow me to explain. The Icon labeled "Applications" in the Dock, and the one so labeled under "Places" (in what is called the Sidebar, as it's on the side of a Finder Window) are not your actual Applications Folder. Both of the above are "pointers", or, in Windows parlance "shortcuts" to the actual folder. As stated in another post above, your real Applications Folder is in the "top level" folder which you access by double clicking on the icon in the upper right corner of your Desktop. That is the one and only place that it exists, normally. (Some people also have another one in their User folder. - or more if there are multiple user accounts)

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    Thanks bobtomay (and you other guys)
    Followed your instructions and I have the two Applications Folder (shortcuts)
    back where they belong.
    Cheers, macropod

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