6 Replies Latest reply: Sep 10, 2013 2:01 PM by Beat Girl
Safind Level 1 (0 points)
I was a little confused to find my applications folder missing from the Dock on my Macbook Pro today - I can't think of anything which I may have done to actively cause it to go missing. I opened up the finder and dragged the applications icon from the LHS of the finder onto the RHS of the dock, but rather than reappearing in the doc it just disappeared.

When I went back to the finder to try again I discovered that it had vanished from there as well. I ran a search in the finder for "applications" and found the applications folder in the results, but when I try to open it I get the following error message "The alias “Applications” can’t be opened because the original item can’t be found."

Does anyone have any ideas on what might have caused this or on how I get my Applications folder back on the Dock? Any help would be really appreciated!

MacBook Pro, Mac OS X (10.6.5), None
  • captfred Level 7 (26,290 points)
    That happen a lot, Dragging the icon off either the dock or Finder sidebar and it goes pooof.

    Not to worry, Start Finder and click on Macintosh HD. Locate the applications folder at the top of the list. Click-hold and drag it to the Finder sidebar under Places.

    Now do the same to the right side of your dock. (Drag from the file list, not the sidebar).

  • k.panic Level 3 (605 points)
    The Applications folder on the dock is a shortcut, or more specifically, an alias.

    It sounds like what you did was to drag the Applications item from the Finder sidebar...which is also an alias. By dragging it from the sidebar, it's as if you'd dragged an icon off the dock. It poofs and disappears.

    To get them back, open a Finder window and navigate to Macintosh HD (or whatever you've named your hard drive). At the root level of the drive lives your Applications folder (the actual folder, not an alias). Drag that one to the sidebar to replace that shortcut, and drag it again to the Dock to replace that shortcut as well.

    If you click on Macintosh HD and all you see are System, Library, and Users and have no Applications folder, then something terrible has happened.
  • Safind Level 1 (0 points)
    Thanks so much - that's solved my problem and thankfully the applications folder hadn't disappeared all together!
  • YogiObie Level 1 (0 points)
    I thought I almost had it reading the post- i have the same problem - and cant seem to restore the application folder back into the dock- i am able to get it from mac hd into the " places" on the finder but when I drag the folder to the dock- it has a "poof" sign next to it and it disappears.
  • jailbreakrose Level 1 (0 points)
    You have to drag the application folder to the right side of the dock. Nobody was telling me that either. go the right of the sizer-thingy.
  • Beat Girl Level 1 (0 points)

    wow, after being so very incredibly frustrated, THAT was an incredibly simple fix...you ROCK, "captfred", THANK YOU!!!