Organize Applications Folder?

Discussion in 'OS X Mountain Lion (10.8)' started by iMacFarlane, Aug 6, 2012.

  1. iMacFarlane macrumors 65816


    Apr 5, 2012
    Adrift in a sea of possibilities
    In Snow Leopard, after a program installed into my Applications folder, I would move it to some subfolder to keep myself organized. Favorites would get a dock presence or an alias on the desktop.

    Now, in Mountain Lion, it seems I can't do this anymore. When I try to move anything out of Applications, I just get alias files. My Applications folder is becoming way too large to comfortably navigate.

    What very basic thing am I missing / doing wrong? :confused:
  2. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere


    May 16, 2008
    Some apps may not function or update properly if they are moved from the /Applications folder. If you want to organize, create a new folder with aliases of all your apps and arrange that one.
  3. Weaselboy Moderator


    Staff Member

    Jan 23, 2005
    This is by design in Mountain Lion to keep you from hurting yourself I suppose. :)

    I see you can copy an app by option-drag. Can you copy the app where you want it then delete the original?
  4. iMacFarlane thread starter macrumors 65816


    Apr 5, 2012
    Adrift in a sea of possibilities
    I think that's the way I'll go with this. Thanks for the idea, it's simple and lets me put things just the way I want. I guess it wouldn't be a big deal if I would just embrace LaunchPad, but . . . no.
  5. xgman macrumors 601


    Aug 6, 2007
    Some of the apps won't delete. You can copy apps like chess and photobooth to other places, but the originals won't delete. That is until you do some terminal commands below. keep in mind that some Apple apps will not update unless you move them temporarily back to the Applications folder, run the update, then move them back where you ant them. (stupid Apple update)

    I suggest making backups first:

    How to Delete Safari, Mail, FaceTime, Photo Booth, & Other Default Apps

    Warning: There is no undoing the app deletion without reinstalling the individual application or Mac OS X. This will result in permanent removal of the specified applications and could result in abnormal system behavior or improper functionality. If you don’t know exactly what you’re doing and why, this is not recommended. Perform a backup beforehand, and proceed at your own risk.

    Launch the Terminal, located in /Applications/Utilities/
    Type the following at the command line to change to the Applications directory:

    cd /Applications/

    Now that you are in the Applications folder, you can start deleting apps. You will not get a confirmation of the removal, the app will simply be deleted completely. The following commands will only work when used in the /Applications/ directory.

    Delete Safari
    sudo rm -rf

    Delete Mail
    sudo rm -rf

    Delete FaceTime
    sudo rm -rf

    Delete QuickTime Player
    sudo rm -rf QuickTime\

    Delete Stickies
    sudo rm -rf

    Delete Chess
    sudo rm -rf

    Delete Photo Booth
    sudo rm -rf Photo\

    If you’re comfortable enough with the command line, you could supply the full application path with /Applications/ but considering the potential for catastrophic error with sudo rm -rf we used the safer method.
  6. hideous cheese macrumors regular

    Feb 8, 2012
    You can also do a Get Info and then change the sharing and permissions settings. I've moved Game Centre and Chess into a Games folder by this method and both run.

    You will have to put them back into the Applications folder before applying a software update however or this will create a ghost version Applications and things can get messy.

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