newbie question - desktop icon clutter

Discussion in 'Mac Apps and Mac App Store' started by buckuxc, Jan 13, 2004.

  1. buckuxc macrumors regular

    Aug 28, 2003
    hey all,

    I just receieved my new 12" PB in the mail today (well yesterday now). I love it, but being a windows user for so long, i'm a little confused about something. When I downloaded NetNewsWire Lite, the icon for it appeared on the desktop. I moved it to the dock, but it only copied itself there. How do I get the icon off the desktop without deleting it? It seems putting it in the trash gets rid of it entirely and makes the dock icon unusable. I know it's a newbie question, but just need a little boost. Thanks.

  2. Rower_CPU Moderator emeritus


    Oct 5, 2001
    San Diego, CA
    Usually, a good place for applications is in the Applications folder. Just move it in there and you'll be set.

    The Dock acts like the Quick Launch area of the Windows taskbar. It's only a collection of shortcuts, not any sort of actual physical space on the hard drive.
  3. bubbamac macrumors 6502

    Dec 24, 2003
    Rower's got it right. I usually run new software off the desktop for a week or so before it goes into the Applications folder, so I 1) remember to test it and, 2) remember to get rid of it if I don't like it.

    I've also got a folder on the desktop called "Desktop files" that I use for current projects that don't have a home yet. Keeps the desktop reasonably clean. Just have to remember to clean up the "Desktop files" folder once in a while...
  4. wordmunger macrumors 603


    Sep 3, 2003
    North Carolina
    One other note: if you want to have multiple accounts on your mac, you *must* put your applications in the applications folder--otherwise the other users won't be able to use the apps.
  5. flyfish29 macrumors 68020


    Feb 4, 2003
    New HAMpshire
    Re: newbie question - desktop icon clutter

    Most likely it is just an alias of the application. Select the icon and go under "file" menu and select "get info" If it says alias on this small window that opens up then just drag it to the trash (after putting it in your dock if you wish) and throw it away. It won't actually throw away the applicatoin, but just the alias. I have rarely seen an actual application installed on the desktop, but most companies will have an alias installed on the desktop to get you to use their software more.

    Good luck~!


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