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dg.dave 03-02-2007 08:14 PM

When i install new apps...
Hi, im a new mac fan, this is my first time with this OS and i dont know how to do anything.
My question is, when i install a new application on my macbook, Safari download the file on the desktop, then i cut the file and paste it in another folder i made for new apps, i install the app and when i run it, an i con like a HD appears on my desktop, theres any way i can make them dissapear from the desktop forever, i dont like my desktop full of icons.

Ty for ur help, Dave

RiDE 03-02-2007 08:25 PM

Welcome to Mac-Forums Dave!

When you download an application you will see a .dmg on your desktop... double-click to open that (some auto-open to a new window).. a new window will open, and you will see the application Icon and probably a "Read Me" file. Simply click/hold on the application Icon and DRAG it to the Applications Folder. Now, close the window that still has the application Icon and the "read Me" file... now click/Hold the .dmg, and drag it to the trash.

Now go into the Applications Folder, and find the Icon you are looking for... Double-click to open the application, it will probably go through an initial install, then... you're done, all set.

It sounds like what you were doing is saving the .dmg (a common mistake when just getting stared) :D

Let us know if this helps or if you have any questions.

todd51 03-02-2007 08:28 PM

Those HD icons will come up every time you open up a .dmg file. They are image files that "mount" to the system as if it were a HD. After you drag the Application image out of that window like RIDE said, you can eject the HD icon by clicking it and dragging it to the trash.

If you put the Application icon into your Applications folder, then you dont' need the .dmg file anymore, and you can eject the image.

dg.dave 03-02-2007 08:57 PM

Thank you so much
Thank you guys for your help, it works perfectly, thank you again

RiDE 03-02-2007 09:00 PM

Enjoy your MacBook! Don't be a stranger

andrebnu 03-18-2007 05:30 PM

Hey guys, newbie question now:

If we can move the .dmg file to the trash, how should we do a backup of the installation file for our downloaded applications?


Kash 03-18-2007 05:46 PM

That's easy. Just don't delete the installation file :black:

MacHeadCase 03-18-2007 05:52 PM

Welcome to Mac-Forums, andrebnu! Glad to have you with us.

I do backups of everything I install on my Mac: I burn either the .dmg or .zip files on a CD or DVD with other stuff and if ever I need to reinstall anything I have it available right here.

andrebnu 03-18-2007 06:13 PM


Originally Posted by MacHeadCase (Post 351869)
I do backups of everything I install on my Mac: I burn either the .dmg or .zip files on a CD or DVD with other stuff and if ever I need to reinstall anything I have it available right here.

Tks for your reply, man. As a soon-to-be switcher, thereīs some things that arenīt crystal clear yet.

Letīs say I donīt have the .dmg backed up.

Can I install an application directly from the application folder in another mac?

How should it be done?


MacHeadCase 03-18-2007 06:52 PM

You should always use the installer. Right now, you have seen or heard about apps that use .dmg files for the install but others come with their own installers and that makes for more files being installed here and there, some of them hidden.

Another point in favour of using the initial installer is this: say you haven't used a certain app in a while but want to copy it over your other Mac and that app is now a bit wonky or corrupted but you don't know it. You'll be transferring that instability over to another computer. If you use the installer, you get a fresh new app on the other Mac.

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