The application may or may not move lower in the menu, or disappear from the top-level Start menu, depending on how frequently you use it. The Mac equivalent of unpinning a program is to drag the application's icon from the Dock onto the Desktop, where it will disappear in a puff of smoke. That doesn't uninstall the app , it just takes it off your Dock. You can also use Dock menus to remove a Dock icon:. Don't worry, you're not actually deleting the application, you're only removing its icon from the Dock. The application you remove from the Dock remains intact in the Applications folder.
You can easily put it back in the Dock if you later decide you want easy access to it. Organizing the Dock is a simple matter of dragging the application icons around until you're satisfied with the arrangement. Unlike the Start menu, the Dock doesn't have an organization system based on the frequency of use. Where you put an application's icon is where it's going to stay until you remove it or rearrange the Dock. The Windows Start menu has a dynamic component that can rearrange the order of applications, promote them to the Start menu's first page, or kick them off the first page. This dynamic movement of programs is the chief reason for needing the ability to pin a program in place.
The Mac's Dock doesn't have a frequently used component. The closest Mac equivalent is the Recent Items list. The Recent Items list resides under the Apple menu and dynamically lists the applications, documents, and servers you have used, opened, or connected to recently. This list is updated every time you launch an application, peruse a document, or connect to a server.
It is not a list of frequently used items, but recently used items, a subtle but not unimportant distinction. To view the Recent Items list, click the Apple menu the Apple icon in the top left corner of the display , and select Recent Items. The Recent Items menu will expand to reveal all recently used applications, documents, and servers.
Select the item you wish to access from the list. The Windows Start menu includes an All apps menu All Programs in older versions of Windows that can display all of the applications installed on your Windows PC in a list. Launchpad is the closest equivalent on the Mac. Launchpad is based on the popular application launcher used in iOS devices, such as the iPhone and iPad. When you use it, Launchpad replaces the Desktop with an overlay of large icons for each application installed on your Mac. Launchpad can display multiple pages of applications, which you can then drag the application icons around, put them in folders, or otherwise rearrange them however you like.
Clicking on one of the application icons will launch the associated program. You'll find Launchpad located in the Dock, most likely as the second icon from the left. We say "most likely" because you may have already tinkered with the Dock after reading the above information. Don't worry if you deleted the Launchpad icon from the Dock, you can drag it from the Applications folder and drop it back onto the Dock if you wish to use it as your primary program launcher. The other method of accessing all programs on a Mac, regardless of the version of OS X or macOS you're using, is to go directly to the Applications folder.
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It is definitely annoying to have all those apps popping up when I start my macbook. Hey Nick, this applies to all versions of Mac OS. Thank for the post. It just bogs down my memory. This helped a lot. How can I check a process is running with grep?
Once an application icon displays in the Dock, you can launch the application by clicking the icon. Join , subscribers and get a daily digest of news, comics, trivia, reviews, and more. Organizing the Dock is a simple matter of dragging the application icons around until you're satisfied with the arrangement. The Dock is the primary method of launching applications on the Mac. In both cases, you just click or double-click the application's icon.
I want to execute a bash script and pass a command after an application quits. I am quitting through osascript. Is there a boolean command to check if the application is running?
At a Glance: Looking at the Dock to See Running Mac Apps. The simplest See All Running Applications / Programs with Forceable Quit Menu. If you've ever needed to quickly quit out of all open applications in Mac OS X, you' ve probably just resorted to flipping through every open.
Thanks for these clear explications, all except the last were clear for me. I was only in the past using command line activities and batch files in GWBasic and its successors.
Anyhow thanks my age: Great, everyone is glad that you got to check which processes were running in OS X, but nobody needs your weird political and social commentary. When you are done with your Mac and using Mac apps, be sure to thank your parents for buying it for you. Maybe give it back to them. Enjoy your PCs which are good products and which can do some things better than Apple.
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