New To Mac-Forums?

Welcome to our community! Join the discussion today by registering your FREE account. If you have any problems with the registration process, please contact us!

Get your questions answered by community gurus ē Advice and insight from world-class Apple enthusiasts ē Exclusive access to members-only contests, giveaways and deals

Join today!

 
Start a Discussion
 

Mac-Forums Brief

Subscribe to Mac-Forums Brief to receive special offers from Mac-Forums partners and sponsors

Join the conversation RSS
OS X - Operating System General OS operation information and support

moving apps around?


Post Reply New Thread Subscribe

 
Thread Tools
bossen

 
Member Since: Jun 21, 2011
Posts: 11
bossen is on a distinguished road

bossen is offline
Hi all,

Just heard somewhere that it is bad to move applications from the applications folder (sidebar) to for example the desktop; can anybody tell me why? will it mess up my osx? because i'd like to have some on my desktop...

Grateful for any advise!

ps. my first post on macforums! hihi ;-)
QUOTE Thanks
MYmacROX

 
MYmacROX's Avatar
 
Member Since: Mar 17, 2009
Posts: 3,599
MYmacROX is a name known to allMYmacROX is a name known to allMYmacROX is a name known to allMYmacROX is a name known to allMYmacROX is a name known to allMYmacROX is a name known to allMYmacROX is a name known to all
Mac Specs: 2008 15" MBP ML, 2012 21.5" iMac ML

MYmacROX is offline
Simple explanation. It's 3 yrs old but applicable.

A solution for you would be to create an alias (think Windows shortcuts) for each App you want and put the alias on your desktop.

16GB iPhone 5, 64GB Wi-Fi only iPad 1st Gen.

Reminder: Please include your Mac's specs. This will make it much easier for the other members to assist you.
QUOTE Thanks
toMACsh

 
toMACsh's Avatar
 
Member Since: Jul 30, 2009
Location: Wisconsin
Posts: 5,504
toMACsh is a name known to alltoMACsh is a name known to alltoMACsh is a name known to alltoMACsh is a name known to alltoMACsh is a name known to alltoMACsh is a name known to alltoMACsh is a name known to all
Mac Specs: Mac Mini Core 2 Duo

toMACsh is offline
Or, you could use the Dock, as that's one of the things it's intended for.
QUOTE Thanks
bossen

 
Member Since: Jun 21, 2011
Posts: 11
bossen is on a distinguished road

bossen is offline
Yeah, I do use the dock. it's just old habits, you know... A-ha: I did not know about shortcuts in osx. Great!

Just out of curiosity, would it mess up my macbook if I did move the apps out of the Applications Folder?

Thank you very much!
QUOTE Thanks
Hamed

 
Member Since: Jun 22, 2011
Posts: 12
Hamed is on a distinguished road

Hamed is offline
From what I've experienced.

Depends on the application, some of them may have certain errors while using. As the application wouldnt knows where to find it's files.. Example update.
QUOTE Thanks
chas_m

 
chas_m's Avatar
 
Member Since: Jan 22, 2010
Location: Victoria, BC
Posts: 16,753
chas_m has a reputation beyond reputechas_m has a reputation beyond reputechas_m has a reputation beyond reputechas_m has a reputation beyond reputechas_m has a reputation beyond reputechas_m has a reputation beyond reputechas_m has a reputation beyond reputechas_m has a reputation beyond reputechas_m has a reputation beyond reputechas_m has a reputation beyond reputechas_m has a reputation beyond repute
Mac Specs: 2012 MBP, Black speakers, Black Benq second monitor, black(ish) iPhone 5s, Black 2012 iPad, etc.

chas_m is offline
They won't update, some of them won't launch, they may not put their support files in the right place and basically it's a really dumb thing to do*, so don't do it. Use aliases if you like.

*Five reasons why putting anything on the desktop (other than temporarily) is dumb:
1. It looks unprofessional. Sooner or later you are going to need or want to show off your screen in public. Don't look like a five-year-old who can't clean his room.

2. It hides your beautiful wallpaper/desktop picture. Why on earth would you want to do that?

3. It breeds sloppiness. One file leads to more files, before long you have tons of files on there, can't find anything and have to use workarounds to get anything done.

4. It slows the machine down. Large quantities of files on the desktop will actually consume processor resources, since the desktop (unlike the rest of the computer) is updated constantly.

5. Too easy to accidentally throw something away. If you throw away an alias by accident, who cares? But if you throw away the original app and don't notice till you've emptied the trash, that can cause major havoc -- since it will always happen at the worst possible time.

There's nothing wrong with using aliases on the desktop if you want, or the dock, or temporarily putting a downloaded or dragged file on the desktop for immediate use. But for the reasons I've mentioned and many others, UNIX (the foundation of OS X) does impose a LITTLE BIT of structure on us in order to run more efficiently. Respect the structure and keep your desktop clean.
QUOTE Thanks
technologist

 
Member Since: Mar 30, 2004
Location: USA
Posts: 4,744
technologist has a reputation beyond reputetechnologist has a reputation beyond reputetechnologist has a reputation beyond reputetechnologist has a reputation beyond reputetechnologist has a reputation beyond reputetechnologist has a reputation beyond reputetechnologist has a reputation beyond reputetechnologist has a reputation beyond reputetechnologist has a reputation beyond reputetechnologist has a reputation beyond reputetechnologist has a reputation beyond repute
Mac Specs: 12" Apple PowerBook G4 (1.5GHz)

technologist is offline
Quote:
Originally Posted by chas_m View Post
4. It slows the machine down. Large quantities of files on the desktop will actually consume processor resources, since the desktop (unlike the rest of the computer) is updated constantly.
If you have a huge number (and we're talking in the hundreds, here.) of images or documents on your desktop, and if you have document previewing turned on, then you might see a perceptible decrease in performance. You won't see any decrease if all you have on the desktop are folders, aliasses, or applications, though. Or if you have icon previewing off.

Quote:
There's nothing wrong with using aliases on the desktop if you want, or the dock, or temporarily putting a downloaded or dragged file on the desktop for immediate use. But for the reasons I've mentioned and many others, UNIX (the foundation of OS X) does impose a LITTLE BIT of structure on us in order to run more efficiently. Respect the structure and keep your desktop clean.
Yes, having anything on the Desktop is a very "classic Mac" way of doing things; it dates back to the days when Apple believed that a Mac should acquiesce to whatever the user wanted. This required a lot of effort on Apple's part, since files could be anywhere and the system had to work hard to make sure that it could locate files even after the user moved them or renamed them.

Today's OS X, like iOS, has its rigid structure, and generally works best when the user sits back and lets the OS work the way the developers intended.
QUOTE Thanks
toMACsh

 
toMACsh's Avatar
 
Member Since: Jul 30, 2009
Location: Wisconsin
Posts: 5,504
toMACsh is a name known to alltoMACsh is a name known to alltoMACsh is a name known to alltoMACsh is a name known to alltoMACsh is a name known to alltoMACsh is a name known to alltoMACsh is a name known to all
Mac Specs: Mac Mini Core 2 Duo

toMACsh is offline
1. Not really
2. Place them strategically
3. If you're a slob
4. Yes, but a few won't matter
5. True, but there's a better reason not to put an original app on the Desktop.
QUOTE Thanks
chas_m

 
chas_m's Avatar
 
Member Since: Jan 22, 2010
Location: Victoria, BC
Posts: 16,753
chas_m has a reputation beyond reputechas_m has a reputation beyond reputechas_m has a reputation beyond reputechas_m has a reputation beyond reputechas_m has a reputation beyond reputechas_m has a reputation beyond reputechas_m has a reputation beyond reputechas_m has a reputation beyond reputechas_m has a reputation beyond reputechas_m has a reputation beyond reputechas_m has a reputation beyond repute
Mac Specs: 2012 MBP, Black speakers, Black Benq second monitor, black(ish) iPhone 5s, Black 2012 iPad, etc.

chas_m is offline
1. Yes, really.
2. That's avoiding the problem, not solving it.
3. Or lazy, like me!
4. True
5. Yes, I outlined them before I started the five-point list.

QUOTE Thanks
Hamed

 
Member Since: Jun 22, 2011
Posts: 12
Hamed is on a distinguished road

Hamed is offline
Just Wait for the new OS X Lion (Coming in July)..
Your problem will be solved.
QUOTE Thanks
hw96Lgb

 
hw96Lgb's Avatar
 
Member Since: Oct 04, 2010
Posts: 296
hw96Lgb will become famous soon enough

hw96Lgb is offline
Buy apptivate, to get a simple shortcut manager.

Alfred is free and probably even better. You won't have to search for an app ever again.

Keep those apps safe in their folder.

The Earth is the cradle of the mind, but one cannot live in a cradle forever.
-Konstantin Tsiolkovsky, Father of Modern Rocketry
QUOTE Thanks
EvenStranger

 
EvenStranger's Avatar
 
Member Since: Dec 09, 2010
Location: Virginia
Posts: 845
EvenStranger is just really niceEvenStranger is just really niceEvenStranger is just really niceEvenStranger is just really niceEvenStranger is just really nice
Mac Specs: Currently 13" Late 2010 MBA, 4GB/128GB; Early 2011 13" MBP, dual core i7 2.7ghz, 4gb ram, 500gb hd

EvenStranger is offline
As chas said above, some apps it'll affect, others it won't. The Microsoft Office files want to be in the MS Office folder with all their supporting files. Moving Word to the desktop will generate an error when it's launched. Similarly, if Safari's on the desktop, and Apple releases an update to Safari, it's going to look in the Applications folder for it, and not finding it (as it's on the desktop), will install a second, newer, version in Applications. You'll continue to run the older one from the desktop.
QUOTE Thanks
chas_m

 
chas_m's Avatar
 
Member Since: Jan 22, 2010
Location: Victoria, BC
Posts: 16,753
chas_m has a reputation beyond reputechas_m has a reputation beyond reputechas_m has a reputation beyond reputechas_m has a reputation beyond reputechas_m has a reputation beyond reputechas_m has a reputation beyond reputechas_m has a reputation beyond reputechas_m has a reputation beyond reputechas_m has a reputation beyond reputechas_m has a reputation beyond reputechas_m has a reputation beyond repute
Mac Specs: 2012 MBP, Black speakers, Black Benq second monitor, black(ish) iPhone 5s, Black 2012 iPad, etc.

chas_m is offline
Further tip I didn't mention before: just drag the Applications folder to the (right side of) the Dock. Right-click to change icon to "folder," arrange by name, and voila! Every single app you own, now literally two clicks away.
QUOTE Thanks
toMACsh

 
toMACsh's Avatar
 
Member Since: Jul 30, 2009
Location: Wisconsin
Posts: 5,504
toMACsh is a name known to alltoMACsh is a name known to alltoMACsh is a name known to alltoMACsh is a name known to alltoMACsh is a name known to alltoMACsh is a name known to alltoMACsh is a name known to all
Mac Specs: Mac Mini Core 2 Duo

toMACsh is offline
Quote:
Originally Posted by chas_m View Post
1. Yes, really.


Oh, ok. Twice beats once. You must be right.
QUOTE Thanks

Post Reply New Thread Subscribe


« Issues with all web browsers | Connection to Server Noob »
Thread Tools

Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
 
Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts
BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are Off
Forum Jump

Similar Threads
Thread
Thread Starter
Forum
Replies
Last Post
Apps hanging and trouble switching between apps Ziza OS X - Operating System 1 04-28-2011 11:11 AM
5 apps to show off (justify!) my iPad 2 OneMoreThing... Apple Rumors and Reports 0 04-07-2011 10:30 AM
Apple sells 350 APPS a second m_ove Apple Rumors and Reports 1 01-10-2010 07:04 PM

All times are GMT -4. The time now is 08:10 AM.

Powered by vBulletin
Copyright ©2000 - 2014, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
X

Welcome to Mac-Forums.com

Create your username to jump into the discussion!

New members like you have made this community the ultimate source for your Mac since 2003!


(4 digit year)

Already a member?