Did I just delete a program? New imac user

Discussion in 'iMac' started by James Godfrey, Dec 29, 2011.

  1. James Godfrey macrumors 6502

    Oct 13, 2011
    Hi all,

    This might sound a bit daft, but I installed my Sky Broadband, and what came with it was two icons on the desktop, as an ex windows user I just dragged these to the trash, now I cant seem to find the program have I uninstalled it???? If not, were can I find it?

    Sorry if I sound a bit dense, but its my first mac lol


  2. Ivan P macrumors 68030

    Ivan P

    Jan 17, 2008
    All you did was unmount the program installers. This is how you install a program on a Mac:

    1 - Download the program from the internet. It will generally be a .dmg (disk image) file.
    2 - Click on the .dmg file (or it may mount itself automatically). This will be the icon that appears on your desktop - it's a virtual disk that contains the program for you to copy to your computer.
    3 - In Finder, open your Applications folder. Also open up the mounted disk on your desktop. There should be the application icon inside it.
    4 - Drag the application from the mounted disk image to your Applications folder. You've now installed it to your Mac.
    5 - Drag the disk image, just as you did before, to the Trash to unmount it. You will notice the program will still be installed in your Applications folder.

    Hope this has helped :)
  3. James Godfrey thread starter macrumors 6502

    Oct 13, 2011
    Thanks, I am slowly getting it lol, does this same thing apply to things installed off discs, cause thats what my sky broadband set-up was on.




    This is what I did, inserted install disc, left two icons on my desktop. I thought I could move those icons to my dock, so I did, and the two icons appeared their.

    Then I dragged the two items from my desktop to my trash, and emtied the trash, but then when I tried to load up the programs from the dock a big ? appeared over the icon and it wouldnt load so i just dragged the two icons to the trash lol.

    Do I need to re-install it now?


  4. macdudesir macrumors 6502

    Jan 16, 2011
    Blacksburg, VA
    Yes. Dock icons are just shortcuts...or placeholders, if you will.
  5. Macman45 macrumors G5


    Jul 29, 2011
    Somewhere Back In The Long Ago
    Open Your Applications Folder

    The one on your dock to the right of the white dotted road line. Your applications (as we in the Mac community refer to programmes as) should still be there.

    Just drag them back to the dock, or if you prefer, launch them from the folder. Welcome to OSX and Mac.....You will never go back!:)

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