Video: How to Create a Dock-Based Launch Folder

Video: How to Create a Dock-Based Launch Folder

 

Follow along in this screen-capture video - what we at Mac|Life call a "screencast" - and learn how to create a handy and space-saving launch folder and place it in your Dock. As you follow the simple steps in this five-minute tutorial, you'll also learn a slick alias-making trick, plus some time-saving keyboard shortcuts you might not already know.

 

REQUIREMENTS: QuickTime 7 or later

 

Download compressed versions of the How to Create a Dock-Based Launch Folder video - after you download any of these three versions, just double-click it to uncompress it:

> Podcast: iPod video format (13.2MB)

> QuickTime: High-resolution QuickTime movie (22.9MB)

> Apple TV: High-resolution Apple TV movie (21.8MB)

 

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Kolt

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ThriftyTechie

...but why did you have to move that "My Apps" folder out of and then back into the Apps folder? seems like a couple of unnecessary steps...

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Latex

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Rik

"why did you have to move that "My Apps" folder out of and then back into the Apps folder?"

Just to make it easier to show how to drag-and-drop the aliases from one folder to another. You're right in that you don't need to, but to show how to do it, it's easier to keep the folders separate.

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Yelkerson

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Dave

Good tip, Rik, though I don't see why you need to switch into icon view just for this. In fact, it's a lot easier to find an item in a Finder window when you're in list or column view. But perhaps you just wanted to talk about the 'typing the first few letters' shortcut, which is a good hint.

I have the Applications folder itself in the Dock (OK, an alias to it), which does, however, mean wading through more apps in the menu. Also, right-clicking (or control-clicking; does anyone really do that?) on the folder in the Dock seems to bring it up a bit more quickly.

I don't know if you're planning to feature shareware apps in these videos, but I love FruitMenu from Unsanity. I've configured it so that I can right-click on the desktop and have instant access to my most-common apps/utilities/folders. You can also right-click on a file and have it open in a specific app (it's much faster that OS X's Open With... command).

Thanks, and hope to see more of these soon. - Dave

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