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Applications folder won't go to dock

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alwaysnsync4 Calculating status...
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Mar 20, 2013 10:27 PM

So I just did an erase and restore of my Macbook Pro mid 2010. My applications and documents folder are things I need pinned to the dock, but for some reason, I can't find the right folders to make them do that. If I just go into Finder and select "computer," and drag those folders into the dock, they turn not into folders but other icons (the same one as the app store for Applications, for example). And when I click them and then try to open something within, I get a message saying they're in the trash? How do I get my regular old folders back for Applications and Documents, pinned to the dock? When I open finder to find "Macintosh HD" as others have suggested, that isn't an option. Help!

  • SwankPeRFection Calculating status...
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    Mar 20, 2013 10:31 PM (in response to alwaysnsync4)

    Click on Finder and then on the top menu click on Go and pick Computer.  On the left hand side, right click on each of the folder you want and choose Add to Doc from the small context menu.

  • SwankPeRFection Level 4 Level 4 (1,435 points)
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    Mar 24, 2013 8:53 PM (in response to alwaysnsync4)

    Please reread what I wrote.  If you follow it step by step, you will see that option.  YOU NEED TO RIGHT CLICK ON EACH OF THE LOCATIONS TO SEE THE OPTION.

  • Shootist007 Level 6 Level 6 (16,640 points)
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    Mar 27, 2013 12:03 AM (in response to SwankPeRFection)

    I just followed your instructions and there is NO Add To Dock listed.

    Please don't yell at the other members. Your information is incorrect.

     

     

     

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    SwankPeRFection wrote:

     

    Please reread what I wrote.  If you follow it step by step, you will see that option.  YOU NEED TO RIGHT CLICK ON EACH OF THE LOCATIONS TO SEE THE OPTION.

  • Shootist007 Level 6 Level 6 (16,640 points)
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    Mar 26, 2013 11:57 PM (in response to alwaysnsync4)

    Yes open a Finder Window and select what you want in the Dock and then Drag it to the Dock. Wait for the Dock to expand slightly and Drop it in that expanded area.

    With some items you must place them to the right of the Segments, Dashed, lines, by the Trash can. With others, like Program/App items, they have to go to the left of that segmented, Dashed, lines.

    alwaysnsync4 wrote:

     

    I did right click. No need to be rude. It did not work. Do you have another suggestion?

  • SwankPeRFection Level 4 Level 4 (1,435 points)
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    Mar 27, 2013 6:42 AM (in response to Shootist007)

    No one's yelling.  I just wanted to make sure they read the important stuff.  Also, my information is NOT incorrect.  See below.  They either added this to ML and the OP and you don't have ML or you have other issues on your PCs that is causing you not to see it.  See the choice for "Add to Dock"?

     

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    If the OP cannot find this option, then they should use Shootist's suggestion just above this post, but if they had a hard time figuring that out to begin with, my process would have made it easier for them.

  • Shootist007 Level 6 Level 6 (16,640 points)
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    Mar 27, 2013 7:14 AM (in response to SwankPeRFection)

    Right it is in ML but as the OP never stated he was running any specific version of OS X your reply was clearly directed at ML users. The OP also clearly stated that he did not have that option in the Right Click menus but you insisted he was not doing it right, which was incorrect.

  • Eustace Mendis Calculating status...
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    Mar 27, 2013 7:41 AM (in response to alwaysnsync4)

    There are two parts to the Dock. You will see a line separating the two parts. The left (or top if the dock is vertical on the screen) is for single Apps. The right / bottom can take folders. If you drag and drop a folder on to the correct part of the dock, it will stay there.

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  • SwankPeRFection Level 4 Level 4 (1,435 points)
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    Mar 27, 2013 8:22 PM (in response to Shootist007)

    Shootist007 wrote:

     

    Right it is in ML but as the OP never stated he was running any specific version of OS X your reply was clearly directed at ML users. The OP also clearly stated that he did not have that option in the Right Click menus but you insisted he was not doing it right, which was incorrect.

    And I never said I directed the answer just to ML users.  I said that based on your feedback and screenshots that I was no deducing that this functionality wasn't in anything prior to ML.  When I wrote my first post, I was not aware of this... frankly why it took Apple so long to put that option in is beyond me, but if I had to guess, it's probably because in previous versions, the default Dock layout I believe included this folder on there.  So, when they changed that Dock layout, they probably decided to put this option in to give users an easy way to do it since sometimes it's hard for users to realize there's two sections to the Dock and docking a folder like that on the left side of the Dock (the app icon side) isn't allowed and they might not try the right hand side since they may not easily distinguish between the two sides.

     

    Anyway, it doesn't matter.  The OP got their answer from you and anyone else with ML got theirs as well..... and I got my additional info that this apparently is a new feature in ML.  Happy happy, joy joy.

  • lorifromsprucegrove Calculating status...
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    Jan 14, 2014 12:03 AM (in response to alwaysnsync4)

    I have a similar issue.  I want to the Applications Folder icon back on my dock.  It will not drag there, onto either side of the lines, nor does it give an option to move to dock.  Did you figure out how to move it onto the dock?

  • Itsmedee70 Calculating status...
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    Feb 7, 2014 5:28 AM (in response to lorifromsprucegrove)

    I'm running Snow Leopard.  To get my Applications Folder back onto the dock, I did the following:

     

    Open Finder

    Right Click on "Applications" in the side-bar

    Select "Open Enclosing Folder"

    From the File Window, click and drag the "Applications" folder to the right side of the line on the dock.

    Right Click on the new icon

    Under "Display As" click "Folder".

     

    Hope this helps.

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