Sunday, October 30, 2005

Put A "Start Button" On Dock

But we don't want a "Start" Button!

Ok, there isn't really a "Start Button" like the one on Microsoft Windows, and I doubt there will ever be one from Apple. But what you are going to see is almost the same in terms of its usefulness and behavior.

As easy as drag-n-drop

  1. Drag the 'Application' folder in your root directory to the Dock, and place it somewhere at the right hand side of the divider (where the Trash is). Be cautioned NOT to drag the "Application" from the sidebar. The one on the sidebar is itself an alias, hence doing so will move it over the dock instead of creating a new one.

  2. An alias of the folder is created on the Dock instantly.


Show all applications in a nested list

Do a right-click or ctrl-click on the folder alias, and you'll see a list of all the applications in the 'Application' folder. It works just like the "Start" button on Windows!It can even show the contents of the subfolders in a nested list, much like the "Start" menu on Windows.

Remove the folder alias

If you don't like the idea of putting a folder alias on the Dock, removing it is just as simple. Just drag the folder alias out of the Dock and release the mouse button and it's gone. That's it!

Apply the trick to any folder

The trick works with all folders. What I love about this trick is that it allows you to access the folders and their contents that you need most often without having to dig through layers of opened windows to... err... find the Finder. However, if the alias you make belongs to a Smart Folder, you cannot list the content as mention above; you can only do a normal click and launch the target folder in a new window.

Yet another Mac tip is on the web!

14 comments:

ADSaL said...

Use this with One Finger Snap http://wwwoldjewelsoftware.com and you don't have to hold down the control key.
(Unless you have a multile button mouse that is)

Anonymous said...

This is not a new thing...
I thing I discovered that on the very first OSX.
Besides, it is less tedious, just to click once and then scroll.

jac

Anonymous said...

HELP New to Mac and dragged the Application folder and it went poof now I can't Find it HELP HELP

macnify said...

Open Finder and click on the harddisk, which has the default name of "Macintosh HD". You'll see the Application folder. Drag the folder to the sidebar, an alias will then be created there. You applications are all safe, what went poof was the alias (aka shortcut for Microsoft Windows)

MacNify said...

Correction: it's ctrl+click, not command+click, to show the list of applications.

Anonymous said...

I have Tiger, but don't have One Finger Snap. Works just the same without it. Just click and hold and the menu will pop up.

Anonymous said...

A much better way to go about starting arbitrary stuff easily is to download and install either Quicksilver (my favorite, and free) or Launchbar (quite good, but shareware). These applications allow you to hit a hotkey to bring up a command interface, into which you type a few letters to indicate which application/file/folder/system preference/contact/you-name-it you wish to do something wish. Far, far superior to cluttering your dock with folders.

Anonymous said...

Just wanted to say thanks guys. I've had my mac for 7 months and i've learnt more about it from browsing your blog than I5 trips to the apple store here (Taiwan). Keep up the splendid work!

PS Any help with converting avi to dvd (and compressing it to fit on a single dvd-r?) would be greatly appreciated.

Mike

Anonymous said...

How do you permantaly delete a screen saver I downloaded from the internet, I moved it to trash, but it is still under Screen Savers and Wallpaper!
I m not supposed to download anything on this laptop i am renting!
I m very stressed! School is in 4 days!!!

Anonymous said...

How do you permantaly delete a screen saver I downloaded from the internet, I moved it to trash, but it is still under Screen Savers and Wallpaper!
I m not supposed to download anything on this laptop i am renting!
I m very stressed! School is in 4 days!!!

Anonymous said...

Wow, this is great. I try and keep my dock as uncluttered as possible, but as a Camino user I frequently have to boot different browsers for incompatable pages (I have Safari, IE, and Netscape "wasting" space). I'd thought before that it would be nice to incorporate the "tabbed browsing" concept into the finder, but this is a great work-around.

I wonder if the person who couldn't find their Applications folder accidentally threw it away? I would think they would get an error message or something, but you could open the trash to see if it is there?

The person who downloaded a screensaver on a rental... What were you thinking?!? [grin] Try using the spotlight function of to find all instances of the program? If you're still on 10.3, use Sherlock. You can also search by created on or modified on dates. [shrug]


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Anonymous said...

You should check out 'Butler'. It puts a pull-down menu from your menubar, and you simply add the apps/files/etc you use the most.

There are also hundreds of pre-installed buttons such as running apps, iTunes library, Bookmarks, and so much more. You can also assign shortcuts to abosolutely ANYTHING. Check it out.

http://www.petermaurer.de/nasi.php?section=butler&layout=default

Anonymous said...

to the annon poster who downloaded a screensaver to a rental: empty your trash.

Anonymous said...

yo don't have to control or right click on the folder. You can also just click & hold & the list will show up.