New to Mac - Proper Program Install

Discussion in 'macOS' started by mparker, Sep 4, 2007.

  1. mparker macrumors newbie

    Sep 4, 2007
    I am a Mac rookie with an extensive PC background having trouble with some basics here. So I download a program dmg file to my desktop and run it which creates a disc drive icon on my desktop. I run the installer inside of that which gets the program installed but I then cannot get rid of the disc icon / installer left on my desktop. I must be going about this wrong in a PC fashion that does not apply properly here.

    Please help with steps for a good clean install. :confused:

    Thank you!
  2. vanmacguy macrumors 6502a

    Aug 13, 2007
    Not where you live.
    To get rid of the disk icon, just click on it and drag it to the trash.

    Or right-click it and select unmount.
  3. Blue Velvet Moderator emeritus

    Jul 4, 2004
    Just eject the virtual disk. Drag it to the trash or key Apple-E.
  4. TheAnswer macrumors 68030


    Jan 25, 2002
    Orange County, CA
    Load up disk image by double-clicking the .dmg. Then eiither run the installer (if the program has one) or simply drag the application icon (if there is no installer) to the Applications folder on your hard drive. Then you can eject the drive image and put the .dmg file in the trash.
  5. mparker thread starter macrumors newbie

    Sep 4, 2007
    Thank you

    It would not let me throw the one away that I was attempting because "the file was in use". I moved that one into the application folder and then ran the program from that location and was then able to remove the icon on the desktop.

    Thanks for all your help!
  6. CL191 macrumors newbie

    Sep 3, 2007
    Remember you may have to manually quite the programs in OSX, instead of just the "big X" in the corner in windows. You may be running the program while it's still within the disc image by accident. Look at your dock to see if that new program you were installing is still running, if so, click on that icon and hit apple + q to quite it completely.

    I am a bit of a mac noob too, so I could be wrong :p

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