Drag & Launch Apps from Finder Window Sidebars

May 13, 2011 - 5 Comments

Drag Apps to Finder Window Sidebar

Just like you can drag your own folders into the sidebar, you can also drags apps into Finder window sidebars for quick access.

Once apps are in the sidebar, if you click on them they will launch, which makes desktop windows serve a dual purpose as both file manager and a quick application launcher.


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Posted by: AJ in Mac OS, Tips & Tricks


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  1. […] can also continue to drag apps into the Sidebar, but unlike before with prior versions of OS X, you will need to hold down the Command key to get apps to stay in the […]

  2. Deals says:

    Oraio arthro, keep up the good work :)

  3. Young Kenny says:

    This is a really dumb thing to do. The sidebar is used for easy and consistent file navigation, whether that be from the Finder or the open or save box in every application. This consistent and wonderful interface is what makes the Mac OS so appealing and can make it so easy to use when used appropriately (like defaulting to column view). If a user wants to use a Finder window to launch applications, the the top (Toolbar) part is the only part that should be used for this!

  4. qka says:

    ANYTHING can be dragged to the sidebar – apps, documents, folder, whatever.

    Selecting it from the sidebar does what you expect it to do if you double clicked it in the Finder.

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