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How to Find the Applications Folder on Mac: 6 Quick Ways

Easily locate your Mac’s Applications folder with these tips.

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To find the Applications folder on Mac, use one of the following methods:

  1. Click the Finder icon in the Dock and select Applications in the left sidebar.
  2. Click Go in the menu bar and select Applications.
  3. Use a keyboard shortcut: Shift ⇧ + Command ⌘ + A.
  4. Click the Launchpad icon in your Dock to display apps in a grid interface.
  5. Press Command ⌘ + Spacebar to use Spotlight search to quickly find the Applications folder or use voice commands with Siri.

All your software and downloaded apps are in your Applications folder, and chances are you’ll access it daily. I open the Applications folder like ten times a day. The Applications folder is often easily accessible, but if you can’t access it, I’ll show you six different ways to find the Applications folder on Mac.

How to Find the Applications Folder on Mac

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There are multiple ways to find the Applications folder on your Mac, and below, I’ll share each method with a step-by-step guide.

Method 1: From Finder

The Finder window is my go-to method for accessing the Applications folder on Mac. With Finder, you can easily navigate through the Applications folder and all of its contents.

Here’s how to find the Applications folder on Mac using Finder:

  1. Click the Finder icon in the Dock or right-click the desktop to bring up the Finder menu bar.
click finder in your dock
  1. In the left sidebar, click Applications. This will display all the applications installed on your Mac.
click applications in the left sidebar of finder
  1. To open an application, simply double-click its icon.

If you can’t find Finder in the Dock, follow these steps to access it:

  1. Click an empty area of your desktop. This will set Finder as the current app in the menu bar at the top-left corner of your screen.
  2. Once Finder is active, click File.
  3. In the dropdown menu that appears, select New Finder Window to open a new Finder window.
click file and select new finder window

Method 2: From Launchpad

Launchpad is your Mac’s built-in app launcher that displays all your installed apps in a grid-like interface. This doesn’t open the Applications folder, instead displays all your apps in an iPad-like manner. You can see all your Applications and launch any of them by clicking its icon.

Here’s how to find your Applications on Mac via Launchpad:

  1. Click the Launchpad icon in the Dock.
click the launchpad icon in the dock
  1. It will display all Applications on your desktop.
all apps in launchpad
  1. Look for the application you want to open and click its icon to launch it.

Method 3: From Spotlight

Spotlight is a powerful search feature built into macOS, and it can help you find the Applications folder on your Mac. You can also use Spotlight to access specific apps instead of going to the Applications folder.

Here’s how to find the Applications folder on Mac using Spotlight:

  1. Click the magnifying glass icon in the top right corner of the screen to open the Spotlight window.
click the magnifying icon in the menu bar at the top
  1. In the Spotlight window, type Applications.
type applications in spotlight search
  1. Click the Show More button next to the search results for Applications to launch the Applications folder.
click the show more button next to the search results for applications

Method 4: From the Go Menu

Another method that I frequently use is the Go menu. It’s a quick way to access all your apps and launch them in a few clicks via the Applications folder.

Here’s how to use the Go menu to find the Applications folder on Mac:

  1. Click Go in the menu bar.
click go in the menu bar
  1. Select Applications from the drop-down menu.
click applications in the drop down menu
  1. The Applications folder will now open in a new Finder window. You can double-click any app you want to launch.

If you have Siri on your Mac, you can also use it to open the Applications folder quickly. With a simple voice command, Siri can find and open any app on your Mac without navigating through folders or menus.

To use Siri search to locate the Applications folder on your Mac, follow these steps:

  1. Open Siri by clicking the only colored icon in the menu bar. You can also access Siri through Spotlight search.
click the siri icon in the menu bar
  1. Now, say Open the Applications Folder, and Siri will automatically open it.

Method 6: From the Dock

All methods explained above are quick and easy, but the most hassle-free way to open the Applications folder is through Dock. By default, the Applications folder isn’t there, so you’ll need to add it yourself. Customizing the Dock to include a shortcut to the Applications folder is simple and saves time.

Follow these steps to add the Applications folder to your Dock and access apps:

  1. Find the Applications folder via Finder.
click applications in the left sidebar of finder
  1. Drag the Applications folder to your Dock next to the Bin icon.
drag applications folder to the dock
  1. Click the Applications icon in the Dock, and it will display your applications.
click applications in the dock
  1. You can also right-click the Applications icon and select Open “Applications” and it will open the Applications folder in Finder.
right click applications folder in dock and click open applications

Keyboard Shortcuts to Find the Applications Folder on Mac

Keyboard shortcuts are a lifesaver for Mac power users. If you frequently access the Applications folder on your Mac, try the following Mac keyboard shortcuts to save time:

  • To access the Applications folder quickly in an active Finder window, use the keyboard shortcut: Shift ⇧ + Command ⌘ + A.
macbook air shift command a keys
  • To activate Siri, hold down the Control ^ + Space keys. Then, say Open the Applications Folder.
macbook air control space keys
  • To open Spotlight, press the Command ⌘ + Space keys. Then, type Applications.
macbook air command space keys
  • To open Launchpad using the trackpad, pinch your thumb and three fingers together. You can also use the F4 shortcut or search for Launchpad in Spotlight.
macbook air f4 key
  • While in Launchpad, press and hold the Option ⌥ key to enable the option to delete apps.
macbook pro option key

How to Use the Applications Folder on Mac

The Applications folder is key for Mac users, holding all apps like Safari, Mail, Microsoft Office, and Adobe Creative Cloud. But it might be confusing at first for new Mac users.

Here are a few things you can do in the Applications Folder on your Mac:

  • To delete an app, simply right-click it and select Move to Bin.
right click an application and select move to bin
  • To view an app’s details, right-click it, select Get Info, or use the shortcut Command ⌘ + I.
right click an app and select get info
  • You can also view the files and folders within any app by right-clicking it and selecting Show Package Contents.
right click the app and select show package contents
  • Most apps are in the Applications folder, but you can find utilities and smaller apps in the Utilities folder. Some native apps, like Terminal and Disk Utility, are also in the Utilities folder.

Why Is There No Applications Folder on Your Mac?

Recently, I couldn’t find the Applications folder in Finder’s sidebar, where I usually access it. Turns out, I had accidentally hidden it. Here’s how to restore the Applications folder in the Finder sidebar:

  1. Open the Finder.
  2. In the menu bar, choose Finder > Settings or use the keyboard shortcut Command ⌘ + ,.
click finder in the menu bar and select settings
  1. Select Sidebar in the Finder Settings and check the box next to Applications.
select sidebar and check the applications box

If you previously had the Applications folder in your Dock, but it is now missing, simply drag it back. To check that the Applications folder is not hidden:

  1. Open Finder, click the Go menu, and select Go to Folder.
click go in the menu bar and select go to folder
  1. Type the following path and press Enter:
/Applications
type slash applications in the dialog box

If the folder is hidden, it should become visible. But if it doesn’t, you may need to contact Apple Support.

Quickly Access Your Applications on Mac

Now that you know how to find the Applications folder on Mac and troubleshoot common issues when opening the folder, you can improve your productivity further with these tips:

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. Can I move the Applications folder to a different location on my Mac?

    You can move the Applications folder to a different location on your Mac, but it is not recommended. The Applications folder is a crucial part of your system, and moving it can cause problems with your installed applications and potentially even cause your system to become unstable.

  2. Can I delete applications from the Applications folder?

    Yes, you can delete applications from the Applications folder. Simply right-click the application you want to delete and select Move to Bin. You can also select the application and drag it to the Bin icon in the Dock.

  3. What do I do if an app won’t open from the Applications folder?

    If an app won’t open from the Applications folder on your Mac, make sure it is compatible with your macOS version. If it is compatible but still won’t open, try restarting your Mac. You can also try resetting the application’s preferences or reinstalling it.

Hashir Ibrahim

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I'm Hashir, a tech journalist with a decade of experience. My work has been featured in some of the top tech publications like MakeUseOf and MakeTechEasier. I have a bachelor's degree in IT, a master's in cybersecurity, and extensive knowledge of Apple hardware, specifically MacBooks. As the senior writer at MacBook Journal, I write in depth guides that help you solve any issues you have with your mac and unbiased reviews that help you make the right buying decisions.

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