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.


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...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...





"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.





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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