Downloading and Installing Programs

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by nicolle19, Jan 28, 2007.

  1. nicolle19 macrumors member

    Jan 4, 2007
    I have prob real easy question. When I download a program for instance Firefox it has all the icons on my desktop. I want to keep it in my dock but when i moved everthing to the trash it ejected firefox and i cant find it in applications. Could somebody please tell me what OSX is doing when downloading programs?
  2. swiftaw macrumors 603


    Jan 31, 2005
    Omaha, NE, USA
    Most applications are downloaded in the form of a disk image (.dmg file). Inside the disk image is the application.

    The disk image is saved on the desktop, if you click on it this will open up a finder window showing you the contents of the disk image (the application file). Copy the application file to the application folder (you can just drag and drop). You are then free to delete everything that is still on the desktop as the application is safely in the application folder.

    To add to the dock, navigate to the application folder and click on the application to start it, it's icon will then appear in the dock. To keep it there all the time, right click on the logo in the dock and select "Keep in Dock"
  3. BilltheCat macrumors regular


    Jan 14, 2007
    Sanford FL
    yep! I couldnt beleive this when I tried it myself.

    Coming from PC's it just didnt make sense! it was too easy! It was too common sensical!

    The easiest way to install a program I ever saw. You just have to unlearn the pc way to do it and you instinctively will get it!

    incredible cool!:apple:
  4. WildCowboy Administrator/Editor


    Staff Member

    Jan 20, 2005
    You might want to have a look at this details a couple of ways apps can be designed for installation on OS X. What you're talking about with Firefox is in the Application Bundles section.

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