What to do with downloaded App icon on desktop?

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by OCalcutta, Aug 26, 2010.

  1. OCalcutta macrumors newbie

    Jun 27, 2010

    3 weeks into my first mac (iMac) and I love it!

    One question....I bought and downloaded an app (Money) and moved it into the Application folder. Whenever I launch it, an icon of a hard drive (ejectable) appears on the desktop. Even after I move it into the trash and empty it, it appears again on the desktop after the app is relaunched. Is that the way it's suppose to work? It's just that I like a clean desktop.

    Thank you!
  2. -aggie- macrumors P6


    Jun 19, 2009
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  3. spinnerlys Guest


    Sep 7, 2008
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    The icon you see is the mounted DMG (Disk IMage) you probably downloaded from the www. If you double click a DMG file, that icon appears on the Desktop and in the Sidebar of Finder.

    To really install the application, you should also drag and drop the application inside the mounted DMG to the applications folder and then either delete the DMG or store it someplace else. Just use the dragged & dropped application in the Application's folder to run the application.

    Installing applications in Mac OS X​


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  4. MacBoobsPro macrumors 603


    Jan 10, 2006
    It sounds like you have put the .DMG file in the Apps folder. This is a container file and inside it resides the application. If you double click the DMG it will appear on your desktop and then the App (money) icon is inside right?

    If thats the case put the App icon in the Apps folder after you have opened the DMG then eject and trash the DMG. Once thats done just the App will be in the apps folder and no DMG will open up.

    Its like having a £5 note in an envelope. Everytime you want to use the note you have to take it out of the envelope. Theres no need for the envelope so get rid of it.
  5. OCalcutta thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jun 27, 2010
    Thank you all.

    Very nicely explained, MacBoobsPro and spinnerlys.

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