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New to Apple and the iMac: Did I screwup

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MartyAE Calculating status...
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Nov 28, 2011 10:33 PM

Tonight while trying to learn how to use my iMac (previous MS user here) I tried to move the Time Machine Icon to the Dock from the Launchpad area. Something wasn't right so I moved the Dock icon to the trash can. Now when I click on Time Machine from the Launchpad insread of the program dialog box for turning on and editing the features I get a Finder looking window with multiple instance of my desktop which appears to be a time line of the backups to dates. Is this what should open when I click Time Machine in Launchpad or should I be getting the dialog box to control Time Machine? If I should get the dialog box (control box) how do I restore or fix what I screwed up?


Thank you

iMac, Mac OS X (10.7.2)
  • mauijiminar Level 4 Level 4 (1,605 points)
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    Nov 28, 2011 10:35 PM (in response to MartyAE)

    Move it out of the trash

  • Don Archibald Level 10 Level 10 (101,125 points)
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    Nov 28, 2011 11:17 PM (in response to MartyAE)

    If you placed the Time Machine icon in the Dock, and then moved that icon too the Trash, you have done nothing critical.


    Icons in the Dock are specialized aliases - they represent the items they depict, but are not the items themselves. Any icon on the Dock can be removed (usually by just dragging it off of the Dock) or otherwise trashed, and nothing is done to the original item.


    To get the 'control box' for Time Machine, try going to System Preferences > Time Machine.


    If you would like to have a Time Machine icon in the Dock, open the Applications folder (click its icon in the Dock); if it opens as an array rather than as a regular folder, click the button named Open in Finder in that array. Then just drag the icon for Time Machine to the Dock, someplace between Finder and the dashed line; wait for the icons there to move aside, then drop it in.


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