Default App Locations?

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by KlytusLord, Jul 24, 2011.

  1. KlytusLord macrumors regular

    Apr 11, 2011
    Hello All,

    Is there a list someplace of the original (default) app locations for the OS apps? I had been trying to organize my apps by putting them into folders, renaming the apps, renaming folders, etc.

    Eventually this started creating havoc as software updates would not find the app and/or duplicate apps would be created.

    My solution now is to create my own "applications folder" using aliases and organizing that at will, like I can in Windows, but I need to return my apps to normal first.

    If there is no easy way to find the original locations, then I will have too do a clean install.

    So a list of the default locations would be fantastic. I have Lion now, but 10.6 would work also.

  2. mulo macrumors 68020


    Aug 22, 2010
    Behind you
  3. The Norman macrumors member

    Jun 10, 2009
    Aren't they all in the applications folder? (unless you installed them in various places)
  4. KlytusLord thread starter macrumors regular

    Apr 11, 2011
    Hi Sorry I was not very clear. I made extra folders inside the Applications folder and moved apps from the root Applications folder into these subfolders. Some apps already had subfolder, like "Tools" and "Utilities". I found this to be redundant, so I combined the two, which is where the problems begin. Now I cannot remember what goes inside tools by default, for example, and which applications are in the root of the folder and not in a subfolder.

    I hope that makes more sense. Thanks.
  5. Gregg2 macrumors 603

    May 22, 2008
    Milwaukee, WI
    Here's a list of mine (OS 10.5.8) I've added Folder to distinguish some of them, and I did delete things that I know were not part of the original installation.
    Address Book 4.1
    AppleScript Folder
    Automator 2.0.4
    Calculator 4.2
    Chess 2.4.1
    Dashboard 1.1
    Dictionary 2.0.3
    DVD Player 5.0.3
    Exposé 1.0
    Font Book 2.1
    iCal 3.0.7
    Front Row
    Photo Booth
    Image Capture 4.0
    iPhoto 7.1.5
    iTunes 10.2.2
    iWork '08
    Front Row
    Photo Booth
    Mail 3.6
    Open XML Converter 1.0.2
    Preview 4.1
    QuickTime Player 7.6.4
    Safari 5.0.6
    Spaces 1.0
    Stickies 6.0
    System Preferences
    TechTool Deluxe 3.1.3 Folder
    TextEdit 1.5
    Time Machine 1.0
    Utilities Folder
    WIBUKEY Folder

    In Utilities:
    Activity Monitor 10.5
    Adobe Flash Player Install Manager
    AirPort Utility 5.4.2
    Audio MIDI Setup 2.2.2
    Bluetooth File Exchange 2.1.8
    Boot Camp Assistant 2.0
    ColorSync Utility
    Console 10.5
    DigitalColor Meter
    Directory 1.0.3
    Directory Utility 2.0.1
    Disk Utility 11.1
    Grab 1.4
    Grapher 2.0
    Java 12.6 Preferences
    Java Preferences
    Keychain Access 4.0.2
    Migration Assistant 1.2.3
    Network Utility 1.4.5
    ODBC 1.1 Administrator
    Podcast Capture 1.0.3
    RAID Utility 1.0
    Remote Install Mac OS X 1.1
    System Profiler 10.5
    Terminal 2.0.2
    VoiceOver Utility 2.0
    X11 2.0
  6. KlytusLord thread starter macrumors regular

    Apr 11, 2011
    Wow, Greeg2, thank you so much for taking the time to compile the list.
  7. Gregg2 macrumors 603

    May 22, 2008
    Milwaukee, WI
    You're welcome, but it didn't take much time. Just copy 'n paste, and highlight and delete. I hope that helped you put things back in their original places.

    It's helping me tool. I see that I have two copies of Dictionary. That's probably due to my habit of adding the version number to the app name. You'll also note that the iWork and iLife apps are not all in alphabetical order. That' because I put most of them in folders. Never use them, never update them.

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