why applications?

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by Cindy, Jul 17, 2005.

  1. Cindy macrumors regular

    Jun 5, 2003
    I'm just curious.... why do new downloads need to be dragged into the applications folder - or do they?
  2. Applespider macrumors G4


    Jan 20, 2004
    looking through rose-tinted spectacles...
    You can run most apps from anywhere on your HD but it makes sense to keep them in one place so you can find them more easily. It can also help apps if it's looking for an earlier installed version.

    And if you move your Apple apps from the Applications folder (or put them in sub folders), Software Update won't be able to find them.
  3. iLikeMyiMac macrumors 6502a


    Jul 17, 2004
    St. Louis
    They don't need to be in the Applications folder, they can be anywhere you want. Being in the Applications folder is helpful for organization.
  4. Cindy thread starter macrumors regular

    Jun 5, 2003
  5. wdlove macrumors P6


    Oct 20, 2002
    The Mac is just much happier if it knows where things are. In the long run it helps you and the Mac.
  6. ham_man macrumors 68020


    Jan 21, 2005
    For some programs, they have to be in the applications folder. For instance, in order for iWork to update, it has to be in Aplications-->iWor. Otherwise it won't work. For other programs it is just a matter of organization...

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