Is it bad to put non-executive files into Applications Folder?

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by Okanus, Dec 23, 2016.

  1. Okanus macrumors newbie

    Dec 23, 2016
    This question sounds likely stupid, but I have a good reason!

    Namely, when I installed some apps, like LibreOffice or printer software, it came with manuals and license agreements. I heard that you just drag and drop the opened files into App Folder. I did.

    Now, after understanding a bit more about Mac, I know you got to put the Apps themselves in that folder!
    But did I do any damage when I put pdf/text files in App Folder?

    I checked the folder that contains my printer/scanner software and it has some files with extension .help
    Should I just delete those as well from App Folder?
  2. satcomer, Dec 23, 2016
    Last edited: Dec 23, 2016

    satcomer macrumors 603


    Feb 19, 2008
    The Finger Lakes Region
    Most Documents would go into /Users/YourUserName/Documents/! Doesn't matter if it's a PDF or txt file. I even make custom folder names inside my Documents folder!
  3. chabig macrumors 68040

    Sep 6, 2002
    Files that contain executable code are sometimes called "executable", not executive.
  4. Okanus thread starter macrumors newbie

    Dec 23, 2016
    So I'll go and delete those files right now.
    But it hopefully did not damage anything to have those type of files in App Folder?
  5. Weaselboy Moderator


    Staff Member

    Jan 23, 2005
    There is really nothing wrong with putting them where you did and it won't hurt anything at all. I think what satcomer described is what most of us do though.
  6. chabig macrumors 68040

    Sep 6, 2002
    Any file can sit anywhere. You can leave those alone or move them if you wish. It makes absolutely no difference. The folder metaphor is apt. Does it "damage" anything if you put your automobile title in the "household" folder? No.
  7. Fishrrman macrumors G4


    Feb 20, 2009
    Create you own folders elsewhere for stuff like manuals and documentation.

    You are not bound to using Apple's "canned folders" that come with the Mac.

    I keep next-to-no files in mine (such as Movies, Music, Pictures, etc.).

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