How to Open Applications on Mac with Finder

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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.

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

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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! Next, learn how to use the exit full screen shortcut on your Mac.

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Ashleigh Page

Ashleigh Page is an Associate Editor for iPhone Life. A longtime Apple enthusiast with a Bachelor's in English and Computer Science and three years of experience writing about tech, Ashleigh has written and tested hundreds of articles about devices and features within Apple's ecosystem. She specializes in iPhone, iPad, AirPods, and Mac content and has authored a 60-page in-depth guide about the Apple Maps app. Based in North Carolina, Ashleigh is often crafting whimsical (and sometimes nonsensical) short stories and hiking when she's not working.