How to Open Applications on Mac with Finder

Use the Mac Finder to open the Applications folder for quick access to apps.

Commonly used apps are located in the Mac Dock at the bottom of your screen, but how do you find your other Mac apps? We'll show you how to use Finder to open the Mac Applications folder for easy access to your app collection.

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Related: How to Open Apple Music on a Mac with Finder

Here's how to access the Applications folder on Mac with Finder:

  1. Click the Mac Finder icon to open it. 

  2. Click Applications on the left side of the Finder menu.

  3. You can either scroll through the list of applications or click the search bar to type in the name of the app you want to open. 

  4. Double-click the app icon to launch the app. 

That's all there is to it! A final tip: if this is an app you use often and you'd like to add it to your Dock, simply click the app icon and drag it over your Dock, then release. The icon will be added to your Dock so you open the app from your Mac Desktop!

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Ashleigh Page

Ashleigh Page is a Feature Writer for iPhone Life. With a background in computer science and creative writing, she loves blending aspects of the technical and creative. An avid technology enthusiast, she adores Apple products and keeping up with the latest innovations. When she’s not working, Ashleigh is often found crafting whimsical (and sometimes nonsensical) short stories, hiking, and playing sand volleyball.