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MS Windows equivalent tasks/program on Mac OS

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LCMan Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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May 22, 2012 7:41 AM

Where do I find the equivalent of Remote Desktop Connection on Mac OS X Lion? I like the feature in MS Windows where I can click on the "MS orb/All Programs" and all of my programs are there? Is there a way to customize something like this in Mac OS? I hate to go to an Application folder and launch my application that way.

  • Kurt Lang Level 7 Level 7 (31,510 points)
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    May 22, 2012 8:00 AM (in response to LCMan)

    There are a few ways to create connections to commonly used apps.

     

    1) Drag the Applications folder to the Dock. Make sure to place it to the right of the solid bar next to the Trash. It will create an alias of the folder. When you click on it, the alias will open to show all items in the Applications folder.

     

    2) If there are only certain apps you want on the Dock, open the Applications folder and drag each individual app to the Dock. Drop it anywhere you want to the left of the solid bar. You can also drag them around on the Dock after placing them there. They aren't "stuck" in their initial position.

  • thomas_r. Level 7 Level 7 (26,960 points)
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    May 22, 2012 8:48 AM (in response to LCMan)

    What about "Remote Desktop Connection"?

     

    I believe that the equivalent on a Mac is Screen Sharing, though I don't know how equivalent it is.  If you could specify exactly what you hope to do with it, we can better advise you.

     

    In Windows' Recyle bin when open, there is an option to "Restore" which it will restore to wherever the file was deleted from. Is there something like this in Mac's Trashcan?

     

    Select an item in the trash and choose File -> Put Back, or press the shortcut keystroke, command-delete, being careful not to press command-shift-delete, which empties the trash.  Or control-click (ie, right-click) the file and choose Put Back.

  • Jean-Marie Allier Calculating status...
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    May 22, 2012 9:56 AM (in response to LCMan)

    As far as I know, Remote Desktop is a client  to connect to Windows PC. Microsoft provide a free version for OS X though they say it has not intended for Lion. You can have a look at http://windows.microsoft.com/en-us/windows7/products/features/remote-desktop-con nection

     

    But this will not allow you to connect to another MAC.

     

    To reach quickly all applications, you can use Launchpad which is an application and should be in your dock.

     

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  • thomas_r. Level 7 Level 7 (26,960 points)
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    May 22, 2012 10:02 AM (in response to LCMan)

    I doubt that screen sharing works with that, though you never know.  You may want to try this:

     

    http://www.microsoft.com/mac/remote-desktop-client

     

    If that doesn't work, you may want to try something like LogMeIn.

  • Kurt Lang Level 7 Level 7 (31,510 points)
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    May 22, 2012 10:03 AM (in response to LCMan)

    Per Jean-Marie Allier's suggestion of Launchpad. It does work, but is very clumsy. Nothing is in any kind of order; alphabetical or otherwise. You can't arrange them to your liking, and it displays anything on the drive that is an application. Including things you shouldn't really even see.

  • thomas_r. Level 7 Level 7 (26,960 points)
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    May 22, 2012 10:06 AM (in response to Kurt Lang)

    Actually, you can rearrange apps in Launchpad, much like you can on an iPad or iPhone.  Just click and hold on an app icon in Launchpad, and when they all start to "wiggle," you can start moving them around.

  • thomas_r. Level 7 Level 7 (26,960 points)
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    May 22, 2012 10:26 AM (in response to LCMan)

    Only some of them - specifically, the ones you have purchased from the App Store.  And removing them from Launchpad means deleting them from the computer.  You can rearrange the Launchpad so that only the ones you're interested in are on the first "page" of apps, and then just ignore everything on any other pages.  Personally, though, I prefer Kurt's solution.

  • Kurt Lang Level 7 Level 7 (31,510 points)
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    May 22, 2012 10:36 AM (in response to thomas_r.)

    Hi Thomas,

     

    Was that a more recent change? One of the early complaints about Launchpad was its lack of customizability. I can't be sure myself as I think it's needless eye candy. Necessary on the iPhone or iPad since that's your only link to launch things, but doesn't seem at all necessary in a desktop OS. The Dock works just fine for quick access of launching apps.

  • thomas_r. Level 7 Level 7 (26,960 points)
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    May 22, 2012 10:38 AM (in response to Kurt Lang)

    I'm pretty sure it worked that way from day one, but it's a bit of a hidden feature (especially for folks who have never used any iOS devices) and is still a bit clunky.

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