I just got my first Mac, and while exploring and arranging things a bit I managed to make a few things disappear. First I was trying to rearrange the default folders on the right side of the Dock. I moved the Applications folder over a bit too far and it hit the trash (I think). In any event it totally disappeared. It is no longer on the Dock and it was not in the trash either when I went to try and put it back. So that is problem #1. I tried to restore the Dock to its default settings by deleting the com.apple.dockfixup.plist file root ~Library-Preferences folder, but that did not work. After I restarted, the default Applications folder was still missing from the Dock. Then I tried to drag the Applications folder from my Home folder to the right side of the Dock. Not sure what I did wrong there...but that disappeared too. And to make matters worse, it also disappeared from my Home folder. So, I finally made an alias of the Applications folder from the root Library folder and put one copy on the right side of the Dock and another in my Home folder. While this is functional, it is not what I want. The alias on the Dock has a Sidebar, as compared to the default which did not. The default was more of a launcher only. Black background, no sidebar, limited functionality etc. So, how do I restore the original default Applications launcher folder to the Dock? Also, how do I restore the original Apps folder to my Home folder? Was it always an alias? Should I copy the Apps folder from the root directory or would that duplicate the install? Any help fixing my newbie errors would be appreciated.