applications folder link disappears from dock

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  1. BabaG macrumors member

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    i have, or had, an applications folder next to the trash on my dock
    but the link seems to have broken. when i click it now it just puts up
    a big question mark.

    i tried making an alias for the applications folder and putting that
    on the dock in place of the broken one but that, while it works right
    after i make it, soon breaks also.

    what's this about and how do i get the applications folder back and
    stable?

    thanks,
    BabaG
     
  2. gusious macrumors 65816

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    You don't need to make an Alias of your app folder. Open Finder and move your Application folder to the Dock.

    Try this and tell us if it worked.:)
     
  3. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere

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    First, drag the folder on your Dock up and away from the Dock and let go to get rid of it. Then, you go to Macintosh HD in Finder.... on the right side, you'll see a folder called Applications. Drag that folder to your dock and it will automatically create an alias to that folder. You're not actually moving the folder to the Dock... just creating an alias (shortcut) to it.
     

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  4. gusious macrumors 65816

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    Thanks for the edit ggjstudios.:)

    (a little bit irrelevant but how do you draw that circle?Skitch?)
     
  5. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere

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    With Preview: View > Customize Toolbar > drag Annotate icon to toolbar > Done
    Then open an image and click Annotate to draw the circle.
     
  6. gusious macrumors 65816

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    Yeah...I had forgotten that....:eek:
     
  7. BabaG thread starter macrumors member

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    thanks for the info. seems ok for now. couple of questions, though.

    when i dragged the folder to the dock, it now shows the address book
    icon rather than the applications folder icon (the folder with an 'A' over
    it) as it originally did. i'd guess that this is because the first item in the
    folder is the address book.

    how do i get the original icon back?

    secondly, clicking the folder used to open the applications folder in a
    finder window. now it opens a transparent pane above the dock that
    shows all of the applications icons.

    why the change and how would i get it back to the original way of
    opening a finder window if i decide i don't like it this way?

    thanks again,
    BabaG
     
  8. gusious macrumors 65816

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    About the first one:create a new folder and name it 0 or 00. Then at your applications folder hit Get info and also get info at your new 00 folder.Click on the small image(upper left corner) of the applications folder and copy paste him on the small upper folder icon(on the Get info window always) of your new folder.Now the folder should have the A. Drag that folder to the Applications folder(put them to arrange by name so it can be the first one).And you are done!Another way is to right click on the stack and hit "Display as folder" which is much easier and i think this is the one you want.

    About the second one.If you right click on the stacks you'll see some options.I don't know a way so your app folder can open automatically by Finder by you can click "open in finder".Try changing "View content as" and see which one fits you.;)
     
  9. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere

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    Right-click on the folder and select "Folder" instead of "Stack".
    Again, if you right-click the folder, you'll see display options such as Fan, Grid, List, Automatic. Select the one you prefer.
     

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  10. andreaeve84 macrumors newbie

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    when i dragged the folder to the dock, it now shows the address book
    icon rather than the applications folder icon (the folder with an 'A' over
    it) as it originally did. i'd guess that this is because the first item in the
    folder is the address book.

    how do i get the original icon back?

    secondly, clicking the folder used to open the applications folder in a
    finder window. now it opens a transparent pane above the dock that
    shows all of the applications icons.

    why the change and how would i get it back to the original way of
    opening a finder window if i decide i don't like it this way?


    this is also happening to me. i accidently deleted the applications icon and when i drag it down form the HD it comes up with the address book icon... i have tried to change it in "get info" but i can only do this from 'finder' not from the dock which is where the problem is.

    i also don't have the option to right click to change the view my folders open as. they are opening in stacks and i would like them in grid view. is there some settings somewhere i can change or do i have to do it on the dock... if so i want the options back.
     
  11. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere

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    Read the solution I posted.
     
  12. Gregg2 macrumors 603

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    Control-click is the same as a right click for those of us with a multi-button mouse.
     
  13. lostguy macrumors newbie

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    1- To get the application folder icon reset , right click the folder and select "Folder" view instead of STACK.

    2- To change the view of applications, right click and then select as LIST.
     
  14. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere

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    If you read the thread, you would know that has already been posted.
     

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