New to Mac - Where to put downloads?

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  1. frede1208 macrumors newbie

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    Hi

    I just bought my Mac, and i have downloaded some programs like VLC and Adium. I was wondering where i'm supposed to put the downloaded programs and folders, because i do not want to fill out my desktop :)

    Thank you.
     
  2. imaketouchtheme macrumors 65816

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    You could drag the programs to your desktop after you mount the dmg. Then, just put the dmg's (if you want to keep them) into a folder on your desktop. I call mine: "Downloads".

    Very clever haha.
     
  3. frede1208 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Okay, thanks.

    But what about those harddisc looking files? :)
     
  4. TEG macrumors 604

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    I would suggest creating a Folder, either on the Main Section of the Hard Drive or within your User Folder, call the Folder Temp, and set all your browsers to use that space for downloads.

    TEG
     
  5. imaketouchtheme macrumors 65816

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    Those are called DMG's. You don't need them after you mount them and take the application out. You can keep them just in case you delete the app or whatever.
     
  6. Yaris macrumors regular

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    What I do is:

    1) Mount DMG

    2) Drag application from dmg and copy to Applications folder

    3) Unmount and delete DMG.
     
  7. frede1208 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Okay, thank you!

    I know this is a very stupid question, but i am very new.

    How do i mount and unmount? :)
     
  8. Consultant macrumors G5

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    ^
    Exactly.

    Apps belong in the apps folder. Double click DMG to mount, to unmount click the upside down triangle with line underneath that is next to the mounted image.
     
  9. swiftaw macrumors 603

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    1) Download program from internet. This will come in the form of a DMG (disk image) file.

    2) Double click on the downloaded DMG file to 'mount' it.

    3) It'll now appear like a hard drive. Drag the file inside the disk image to your applications folder.

    4) Delete the disk image.
     
  10. frede1208 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Okay thanks, but I can't select delete on the dmg file. I can eject it?
     
  11. NSNick macrumors regular

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    By delete they mean eject.
     
  12. swiftaw macrumors 603

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    Eject to 'unmount' the disk image. Then delete the disk image.
     
  13. frede1208 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    When i eject, and then run the application again the dmg pops up on my desktop again?

    thanks for your patience.
     
  14. imaketouchtheme macrumors 65816

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    You must take the application out of the mounted disk and move it into your Applications folder. Simply drag it out and place it into the Applications.
     
  15. swiftaw macrumors 603

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    When you run the app, don't click on the thing you downloaded, click on the thing you copied to your Applications folder.
     
  16. frede1208 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Okay, think i got it now.

    Thanks a lot everybody :) - I love these forums.
     
  17. JNB macrumors 604

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    A picture is always worth a thousand word. Lines & arrows are just more fun.

    If the dmg doesn't auto-mount, just double click the file. After mounting, open the mounted "disk" and drag the application file into the /Applications directory. The ~/Applications directory may be used if you only want a particular user to have access to it, but keep in mind some app updaters only see the root Applications folder. After dragging the app into either folder, then eject (dismount) the dmg, then delete the dmg file unless you want to keep it for reinstallation later.
     

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  18. alphaod macrumors Core

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    Just to clarify the thing that comes up that looks like a drive, you can either drag it to the Trash to eject or press Command + E. Then you can either drag the DMG file to the Trash or press Command + Delete to delete it.
     
  19. imaketouchtheme macrumors 65816

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    That's what I always say.
     
  20. alphaod macrumors Core

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    Yes, very nice diagram!
     

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