I dl new prgms-->icons on desktop...how do i get rid of them

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  1. shuweiyu16 macrumors member

    Mar 21, 2007
    I dl new programs ie. firefox, msn, and they appear on the desktop but when i delete them off the desktop the programs no longer work...what can i do?
    thanks in advance!
  2. chex macrumors regular

    May 17, 2007
    Technically the 'icons' on the desktop are not icons at all - they contain the whole file structure and all the contents of the program itself. If you dont want them on the desktop you can put them somewhere else, say, the 'applications' section in finder.
  3. thebiggoose macrumors 6502


    Jun 17, 2006
    Okay. What you are downloading is the disk image containing the program. After you download this it should automatically open (in Safari). Then you double click on the programs icon to open it.

    Here are the steps you should take.

    1. Download the application.
    2. When it downloads, it will open the .dmg (disk image).
    3. A window showing the contents of the .dmg will open.
    4. Open a new Finder window by clicking the Finder icon on the left side of your dock.
    5. Drag the application icon from the .dmg file to the applications folder in the other Finder window.
    6. Drag the mounted .dmg file to your trashcan, which will turn into an eject icon.
    7. Run the application from your Applications folder, drag it to your dock, or create an alias on your desktop by highlighting the app, pressing :apple: :apple: + L, and dragging the alias to your desktop.
    8. Eat a grilled cheese :cool: .
  4. M@lew macrumors 68000


    Nov 18, 2006
    Melbourne, Australia
    Yep as said, they're the actual programs you're deleting. Just drag them to somewhere else if you don't want them there or do the method above.

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