Ways to tidy Apps?+Which apps can be moved to other folders without breaking updates?

Discussion in 'macOS' started by cRuNcHiE, May 18, 2008.

  1. cRuNcHiE macrumors 6502a

    Jan 2, 2007
    One major annoyance i have with OSX is the way it gets easily cluttered once you install a fair few programs.

    I usually make Folders in my apps folder e.g Internet,Sound,Video, Sound Engineering, Graphics, Utilities etc etc and then will install Firefox>Internet VLC>video etc

    The problem is the main apps folder has system programs e.g Itunes, Mail, Text edit etc.

    Now, ideally id like to move itunes to "Sound", Quicktime to "Video" etc etc to tidy it up.

    BUT it seems this breaks updates via software update and often either leaves me without it updating, or with two copies, with one not working because it has made a partial update back in the root Apps folder.

    Has anyone got any other suggestions to organise the Apps better without it breaking updates?

    e.g at the mo i have 30 odd apps all unsorted as they were installed there by default, e.g logic Pro doesnt let you choose where to install to .If i move it to sound engineering folder it breaks the updates.

    It's a mess! There must be a better way surely?
  2. robbieduncan Moderator emeritus


    Jul 24, 2002
    Create another folder with the sub-folder structure you want and put aliases to the applications you want. Then use that new folder instead of Applications. This way all updates will work and you can have the structure you want (and don't need to have all the apps in there either).
  3. karenflower macrumors 6502a


    Dec 7, 2007
    I agree with robbieduncan, making a second applications folder containing aliases is probably the best (and safest) way to organise them.
  4. cRuNcHiE thread starter macrumors 6502a

    Jan 2, 2007
    Nice idea guys cheers.

    It's still annoying when some installers dont let you choose which folder to install to though. Seems like such a basic feature yet its missing with alot of apps!

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