Not sure about installing apps

Discussion in 'Mac Apps and Mac App Store' started by lpeedin, Mar 28, 2012.

  1. lpeedin macrumors regular

    Nov 4, 2011
    I just powered up my first Mac earlier this morning. I've downloaded and installed (I think) Firefox and Thunderbird. I followed the on screen instructions and drug each app's icon to the Application Folder. I then drug each icon onto the Dock.

    Each of the applications ran when I clicked their icon, so I felt safe in deleting the .dmg files. I drug each of the .dmg files to the trash, but when I tried to empty the trash it informed me that both of these files were in use.

    What am I missing?
  2. simsaladimbamba

    Nov 28, 2010
    Did you drag Firefox and Thunderbird from the mounted disk image onto the Dock? Because that way you start FF/TB from the disk image when you click the Dock icon. Thus the mounted disk image is still in use.
    Or did you not eject the disk image, if you have installed the applications properly and dragged the icons from the Applications folder to the Dock?

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  3. Macman45 macrumors G5


    Jul 29, 2011
    Somewhere Back In The Long Ago
  4. AFPoster macrumors 68000

    Jul 14, 2008
    Charlotte, NC
    Click on Finder and you will see FireFox in the bottom left corner with an Arrow click the arrow as it's an "eject" arrow and when it's gone you can remove the trash. All .dmg files when open show there and you always have to eject before you're able to empty the trash.
  5. blueroom macrumors 603


    Feb 15, 2009
    Toronto, Canada
    Install drag icon into Applications.
    Dock drag from Applications onto the Dock.
  6. wrldwzrd89 macrumors G5


    Jun 6, 2003
    Solon, OH
    I suspect you forgot to eject the disk images. It's a common thing to have happen for Mac newbies to the concept of a disk image - in order to delete the image file, it must not be in use anywhere. This includes having it mounted as a disk by double-clicking it - which means you must eject the virtual disk first, before you can throw away the image. This is simple enough to do - find the icon corresponding to the disk in Finder's sidebar, and click the little Eject icon.
  7. lpeedin thread starter macrumors regular

    Nov 4, 2011
    Thanks everyone. You've given me plenty to digest. Will report back once I finish the (dreaded) weekly staff meeting.

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