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Windows-like application moving
Authored by: danieleran on Nov 09, '05 11:23:25AM

In Windows, you can't even view your applications folder by default ( c:/Program Files ). Any "organization" possible in Windows is only within the Start menu, which is just a bunch of shortcuts.

If you want to hyper-organize icons for programs, create a new directory (how about "MY.START" in all caps?), select all your Applications, drag them into your new folder using option+apple to create aliases, then shuffle them around as you like. Now drag your MY.START folder into the Dock.

You now have START menu functionality: deeply nestled folders of icons pointing to programs, which you can change on a whim without affecting how the system works. Plus, like Windows, it will give you that exciting delay as you wait for submenus to pop up.

Unlike Windows' shortcuts, Mac aliases will continue to work even if the originals change. Shortcuts only link by path; aliases link to their originals by inode (the file's unique serial number).



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