Downloading applictions for Macs

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by MortimerJazz, Jan 9, 2008.

  1. MortimerJazz macrumors regular

    Oct 25, 2007
    Hi there,

    You'll have to bare with me as I'm playing around with my first Mac.

    I've downloaded a few applications such as Firefox, Messenger and a demo of Bento.

    I've noticed that every time I download something, it seems to appear as a "hard drive" icon down the right hand side of the screen. Am I able to delete these once the application has installed or do they have to stay there permanently?

    I'm only asking as I'd like to keep the desktop nice and clean :D

    Also, are there some applications that I can't remove from the dock bar at the bottom of the screen? I downloaded VLC Player, but when I try to drag it off the dockbar and into the Application folder it keeps sliding back on to the dock bar again.

    Thanks alot for your help (and your patience!!)
  2. Sky Blue Guest

    Sky Blue

    Jan 8, 2005
    Yes, you can eject these disk images from the Finder or dragging them to the trash.
  3. Eraserhead macrumors G4


    Nov 3, 2005
    Drag and drop the application to your applications directory when the disk appears, its best to get applications from VersionTracker, MacUpdate or Apple Downloads as well.

    Running Applications can't be removed from the dock but they will go when they are closed.
  4. MortimerJazz thread starter macrumors regular

    Oct 25, 2007
    Great - I'm just slightly concerned as I dragged the Firefox "Hard Disc" into the trash, but the icon on the dock bar was then replaced with a big question mark.

    Also, if I wanted to go about uninstalling any of these applications, is it just a case of dragging it out of the Applications folder and into the bin?
  5. patrick0brien macrumors 68040


    Oct 24, 2002
    The West Loop

    That blank white disk icon is the result of opening a Disk Image file, denoted by the .dmg extension on the actual file you downloaded.

    In addition to the afore-mentioned trashing, it is important to know it will go away on its own after a restart - so get your apps out of there before doing so.

    Otherwise, you'll have to find the .dmg file that spawned it (they usually self-trash upon download), and run it again. If it is typical and it is indeed in the trash, the trash is a protected area where you cannot run anything out of, move the .dmg to the desktop and run it there to get the Disk Image back.
  6. Neil321 macrumors 68040


    Nov 6, 2007
    Britain, Avatar Created By Bartelby
  7. Frisco macrumors 68020

    Sep 24, 2002
  8. tjevans macrumors member


    Jan 18, 2006
    It sounds like you ejected the disk image and had the dock icon for firefox pointing to the app in the disk image, not to the app in you applications folder.

    As far as your earlier question about VLC, it sounds like you closed the window but did not quit the application. Not to open a can of worms (Lord knows this topic has been discussed enough around here), but if you simply click on the red button at the upper-left of a window, you will not quit the app (generally speaking), but only close the window.

    You cannot drag the icon of an open app off the dock. Try right-clicking the icon and selecting "quit."

    BTW, the quickest way to quit an app is to hit cmd-q. Another way to do it is to select quit from the application's menu. I.e., in VLC, it would be under "VLC" in the menu bar.
  9. CanadaRAM macrumors G5


    Oct 11, 2004
    On the Left Coast - Victoria BC Canada
    which means you hadn't installed Firefox properly.

    You need to drag the package from the Disk Image window, into the Applications folder on your hard drive, then launch Firefox from there.

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