newb question about how to instal programs

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by illogicknowsall, Sep 25, 2007.

  1. illogicknowsall macrumors newbie

    Sep 25, 2007
    I just bought a Macbook last night, and entered the world of Mac for the first time. I installed a few programs, but I am not used to the procedures of installing on a mac. Whn you install a DMG file, you get a pop up that says, drag icon to the app folder, which I did. However, do I delete the leftover DMG file from my desktop once properly installed? Also, can I drag the apps to the desktop, like a PC, or leave it on the app folder?
  2. notsofatjames macrumors 6502a


    Jan 11, 2007
    Wales, UK
    just copying from the DMG to the app folder is all you need to do. You can delete the DMG then after. If you drag the app to the desktop you will move the app. Put the app in the dock if you want access to it. Thats what the dock is for :)
  3. jackc macrumors 65816


    Oct 19, 2003
    If you want to have it on your desktop, use an alias - either right click and choose make alias or use cmd-L.
  4. plinden macrumors 68040


    Apr 8, 2004
    Yes, you can delete the DMG.

    Generally, if a program doesn't come with it's own installer (some have a .pkg file that you double click) you can put a program anywhere, but it's a good idea to keep them in Applications, if only so you know where they are. If you want quick access to a particular program, put it in your dock, or download and install Quicksilver, which allows you to (among other things) launch any program using keyboard shortcuts.

    You can also drag the Applications or any other folder to your dock (to the right of the separator) meaning you have instant access to it if you don't want too many apps in your dock.

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