How I do deal with these DMG icons on my desktop?

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  1. ozziegn macrumors 6502a

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    Okay, I my new 24" iMac, but I have one silly question. I download a file in "dmg" format and it puts it on my desktop. I then double click the icon to install the program. but then what do I do with the dmg icon of the program once it has been installed.

    I tried to drag the dmg icon to the trash can but when I do that it uninstalls the program altogether. what's up with that and how do I stop it from doing that? I just want to get rid of the dmg icon from my desktop but obviously I don't want to uninstall the program.
     
  2. psychofreak Retired

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    You haven't installed the app. Drag the thing inside the white icon to the Applications folder and then delete both icons from the desktop :)
     
  3. swiftaw macrumors 603

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    When you open the DMG file to reveal the app, drag the app to your Applications folder then delete the DMG. Your app will be in your Applications folder for future usage
     
  4. Wayfarer macrumors 65816

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    Indeed. You know the zip format? It basically has the same concept as dmg.... to compress files. Just take the application out, trash the dmg file and you'll all set! No worries.

    Congrats for your new iMac. I hope it serves you well. :)
     
  5. ozziegn thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    okay, so I dragged the contents to the applications section. now, what do I do with the dmg icon and (in this case) the Handbrake icon that looks like a hard drive icon thats also on my desktop?
     
  6. psychofreak Retired

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    Drag the stuff on the desktop to the Trash :)
     
  7. ozziegn thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    also, while I have you mac pros in here, I will ask another Q. how can I take out certain program icons that are in my task bar on the bottom? there's stuff like that Garage Band stuff that I could care less about.
     
  8. psychofreak Retired

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    Drag them out a few inches up, and BTW its called a Dock :)
     
  9. swiftaw macrumors 603

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    Just drag them off and they will disappear in a puff of smoke
     
  10. ozziegn thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    I am running HandBrake as we speak. so when I try to drag the HandBrake hard drive looking thingy to the trash can it tells me HandBrake is in use and it wont let me.
     
  11. psychofreak Retired

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    Quit HandBrake then do it...you can then open HandBrake from the Applications folder :)

    To keep something in the Dock, either drag the icon from the Applications folder to there, or while the app is open, hold the mouse clicking on the icon in the Dock, and choose 'Keep in Dock'...
     
  12. MacUserSince87 macrumors member

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    The DMG is a disk image and acts like a removable CD or floppy disk (remember those?). To unmount it drag it down to the dock over the trash / eject icon. When the disk image is unmounted drag the .dmg file you downloaded to the trash

    Chuck Gardner
     
  13. Wayfarer macrumors 65816

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    Very simple. By the way, that "taskbar" you're referring to is called the "Dock" in Mac OS X. It's basically the application launcher. Regarding your question...

    If you want to get rid of an icon on the Dock...
    1. Locate the icon you want to remove.
    2. Click on it, drag it away from the dock...
    3. POOF!

    ;)

    Feel free to voice any other questions/concerns you might have, no matter how small. We're here to help!
     
  14. ozziegn thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    okay, I will try to drag the HandBrake thingy to the trash can once I'm finished with the program. thanks for the great info. you guys (and gals) are great.
     
  15. ozziegn thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    whoops! silly me. sorry to refer the Dock as a task bar. I've been a Bill Gates user since the beginning of man kind so it's gonna take me a little while to convert over to Mac lingo. :D
     
  16. psychofreak Retired

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    Be sure to check out the Macrumors Beginners Guides :)
     
  17. aberling macrumors newbie

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    Not with Firefox

    This doesn't seem to work with Firefox. :(
    Is there something different there?
     

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