How to get "Applications" back in Finder?

in Genius Bar edited January 2014

First the good news: I just bought my second Mac, a Macbook with Airport Express and it was delivered yesterday! WooHoo!!!

Now the bad news: I opened Finder, and wanted to create a link to "Applications" in my Dock. So I dragged "Applications" from the Finder onto the Dock (or so I thought). When I let go of the mouse button, there was a poof of smoke and "Applications" disappeared! Now I do not have "Applications" anywhere!

Can someone tell me how I can get "Applications" back in my Finder and aso how I can get it onto the Dock please?

Thanks and cheers


  • Reply 1 of 7
    kickahakickaha Posts: 8,760member
    I assume you dragged it off of the Sidebar, and not the actual Applications folder.

    1) Bring up a new Finder window.

    2) Menu item Go->Computer.

    2b) Open your hard drive icon.

    3) Drag Applications folder to Sidebar.

    4) Drag Applications folder to Dock.
  • Reply 2 of 7
    chuckerchucker Posts: 5,089member
    1) In Finder's Go menu, select Applications.

    2) Drag the proxy icon (the icon to the left of the window's title) into your Finder Sidebar to have it back there.

    3) Drag the proxy icon into the Dock to have it there as well.
  • Reply 3 of 7
    chuckerchucker Posts: 5,089member

    Originally posted by Kickaha

    2) Menu item Go->Computer.

    You won't find Applications directly in Computer.
  • Reply 4 of 7
    kickahakickaha Posts: 8,760member

    Fixed that. Figured it was easier than dealing with proxy icons, if confusion was already made over Sidebar vs. actual folder...
  • Reply 5 of 7
    chuckerchucker Posts: 5,089member
    Fair enough, but proxy icons rock.
  • Reply 6 of 7
    kickahakickaha Posts: 8,760member
    Yup. Love them. Had too many discussions with family members trying to explain the concept and execution though.

    "It's just moving the window."

    "Click and *hold*."

    "But nothing happens!"

    "Click, hold a couple of seconds, *then* drag."

    "The window?"

    "No, the... oh never mind."
  • Reply 7 of 7
    tilttilt Posts: 396member
    Kickaha and Chucker, thank you once again for coming to my rescue. Yes, it was indeed from the sidebar that I dragged "applications" off. I just did not remember the term "sidebar". Just another of my "dumb" days

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