How to Add Apps to Desktop Mac

Charlotte Daniels

Mac, Tutorials

Adding Apps to Desktop Mac

In this tutorial, we will guide you through the process of adding apps to your desktop on a Mac. Whether you want quick access to your favorite applications or need to organize your workspace, adding apps to your desktop can help streamline your workflow. Follow the steps below to get started.

Step 1: Open Finder

First, locate the Finder icon on your Mac’s dock and click on it to open the Finder window. You can also use the shortcut Command + Spacebar and type “Finder” in the Spotlight search bar.

Step 2: Find the Application

In the Finder window, navigate to the “Applications” folder located in the sidebar. If you can’t find it, click on “Go” in the menu bar at the top of your screen, then select “Applications” from the drop-down menu.

Option A: Drag and Drop

If you have already located the application you want to add to your desktop, simply click and hold on its icon, then drag it onto an empty space on your desktop. Release the mouse button or trackpad to drop the app onto your desktop.

Option B: Create an Alias

If you prefer not to move applications from their original location but still want quick access from your desktop, you can create an alias instead. To do this:

  1. Locate the application in Finder.
  2. Click and hold on its icon, then press Command + L or go to “File” in the menu bar and select “Make Alias.”
  3. An alias of the application will appear next to it with “alias” appended to its name.
  4. Click and hold on this alias icon, then drag it onto an empty space on your desktop.
  5. Release the mouse button or trackpad to drop the alias onto your desktop.

Step 3: Organize Your Desktop

Once you have added an app to your desktop, you can further organize it by creating folders or rearranging the icons. To create a folder:

  1. Click and hold on an app icon, then drag it onto another app icon.
  2. A new folder will be created containing both apps.
  3. To rename the folder, click on its name and type a new one.

Step 4: Customize Icon Size and Alignment

To customize the size of your app icons or align them on your desktop:

  1. Right-click on an empty space on your desktop.
  2. In the context menu that appears, hover over “Show View Options.”
  3. A dialog box will open with various options.
  4. Adjust the “Icon Size” slider to change the size of your app icons.
  5. Select one of the alignment options to change how your icons are arranged.

Conclusion

By following these simple steps, you can easily add apps to your desktop on a Mac. Whether you choose to drag and drop or create aliases, organizing your workspace has never been easier.

Experiment with different customization options to create a desktop layout that suits your needs. Happy organizing!

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