Not sure what these are called but help would be great!

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by Audio Blood, Jun 4, 2010.

  1. Audio Blood macrumors member

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    Hello! Well, I dived in and bought an iMac yesterday, I'm in the getting to know my iMac phase :D. I've installed 4 programs, Firefox, Yahoo Messenger, Skype, and Second Life. Anytime I am using them, this icon appears (like the yellow one in the photo. This isn't my photo, I'd take one but I don't have a photo editing program yet). Like right now, I have iTunes, Firefox, and Yahoo Messenger open, so I have an icon on my desktop for my iPod, FF, and Yahoo. Looking at the picture closer, my icons are slightly different and have a slot on the front, it isn't closed.

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    Is there a way to get rid of them? If I try to eject them I can't because the program is in use. I guess it's not a big deal but I don't want my desktop to be cluttered D:. I don't know if I installed the programs wrong or if this is supposed to happen.

    Thank you :). I'm sure I'll have many more questions, but since I didn't know the name of those icons I couldn't search.
     
  2. spinnerlys Guest

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    What you refer to are disk images*. After you download them, you open them, copy (via dragging) the application to your Applications folder, then you eject/unmount the disk image and delete the downloaded file if you want. Then you run the application from your Applications folder.

    To take screenshots, either use Applications / Utilities / Grab or CMD+SHIFT+3 or CMD+SHIFT+4 and find the screenshots on your Desktop.

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    Also have a look at the following links, as the information presented there might be helpful in your future endeavours into Mac OS X and could clear up initial confusion and may even prevent harm to your system or your files.


    Mac OS X Basics


    Switch 101 - guide with articles made by Apple on how to accustom yourself, after you switched to Mac OS X from Windows​


    Mac 101 - How to get started with Mac OS X​


    Find out how - tutorial videos made by Apple on how to do certain thing in Mac OS X​


    Pro tips - tips made available by Apple for easier ways of doing certain tasks​


    Mac OS X Keyboard Shortcuts - Learn about common Mac OS X keyboard shortcuts.​


    Mac OS X Beginner's Guide by MacRumors - learn about software, media players, shortcuts and some useful tips, tricks and hints​


    Mac Guides - tutorials, product guides and more​


    MRoogle - a very effective tool to search these fora using Google and made available by edesignuk, introductory threads: 1, 2 and 3
     
  3. Audio Blood thread starter macrumors member

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    Very helpful, thank you! I will look through the guides :).
     

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