How to Find Applications on Mac

Kyle Wood

Mac, Tutorials

Are you new to using a Mac and finding it difficult to locate applications? Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered!

In this tutorial, we will walk you through the various methods to find applications on your Mac. So let’s dive in!

Using the Dock

The easiest way to find frequently used applications is through the Dock. The Dock is a handy bar located at the bottom of your screen that contains icons of your most-used apps.

To open an application from the Dock, simply click on its icon. If you can’t find an app in the Dock, don’t panic!

It might not be a frequently used app, or it may not be added to your Dock.

Searching with Spotlight

If you have trouble locating a specific application on your Mac, Spotlight search is here to help! Spotlight is a built-in search feature that allows you to quickly find files, folders, and even applications.

To use Spotlight search:

  1. Click on the magnifying glass icon located at the top-right corner of your screen or press Command + Spacebar.
  2. Type in the name of the application you are looking for.
  3. Select the application from the search results.

Spotlight will display a list of matching results as you type, making it easy to find and launch your desired application.

Browsing Applications in Finder

If you prefer a more visual approach or want to explore all installed applications on your Mac, Finder is the way to go. Follow these steps:

  1. Click on the Finder icon (looks like a blue face) located in your Dock or press Command + Spacebar and type “Finder”.
  2. In the Finder window, click on “Applications” in the sidebar.
  3. You’ll now see a list of all installed applications on your Mac.
  4. Double-click on the application you want to launch.

Browsing applications in Finder gives you a comprehensive view of all the apps installed on your Mac, making it easy to locate and access them.

Creating Shortcuts on the Desktop

If you frequently use certain applications, you can create shortcuts directly on your desktop for quick access. Here’s how:

  1. Open Finder by clicking on its icon in the Dock or pressing Command + Spacebar and typing “Finder”.
  2. Navigate to the “Applications” folder.
  3. Select an application you want to create a shortcut for.
  4. Right-click (or hold Control and click) on the selected application.
  5. In the context menu, choose“Make Alias”.

    A new alias file will be created.

  6. Drag and drop the newly created alias file onto your desktop. You now have a shortcut to that application!

This method allows you to keep your most-used applications within reach, providing easy access whenever you need them.

In Conclusion

Finding applications on your Mac doesn’t have to be a daunting task. Whether you prefer using the Dock, Spotlight search, browsing through Finder, or creating shortcuts on your desktop, you now have multiple methods at your disposal. Experiment with these techniques and find the one that works best for you!

Remember, practice makes perfect, and soon you’ll be navigating your Mac like a pro.

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