How to Find Applications Folder on Mac

The Application folder is one of the most commonly used folders on your Mac. Finding the folder can be a little difficult for new Mac users. This folder houses all of the default applications that come with macOS. It also contains another folder called Utilities which includes the macOS utility apps such as Terminal, Activity Monitor, Disk Utility, Screenshot, Airport Utility, and more.

If you use the Mac App Store to install an app, it will be added to the /Applications/ folder. You may want to open the Applications folder to launch, organize or delete apps.

How to find the Applications folder

There are multiple methods to find the Applications folder:

  • In the Finder on your Mac, choose Go > Applications.
  • In the Finder, you can also use the Shift-Command-A shortcut to open the folder. Simply press these keys together.
Applications Shortcut
  • From the Dock, click Finder. In the Sidebar, click Applications:
    • If you do not see the Sidebar, click the View menu and Show Sidebar.
    • If you do not see Applications, click Finder > Preferences > Sidebar and select the “Applications” box.
Finder Applications
  • You can use Spotlight to search and find the Applications folder. You will see it under the “Folders” section.
Applications folder

How to Add the Applications folder to the Dock

There are a few alternatives to open applications on your Mac. For example, many users use Launchpad. You can also use the Dock by adding the Applications folder icon to your Dock. Here is how:

  • Click the Finder icon in the Dock to open a new Finder window.
  • Do you see the Sidebar? If not, choose View from the Finder menu bar and click Show Sidebar.
  • The Sidebar contains an item called “Applications”. If not, choose Finder > Preferences > Sidebar and ensure that “Applications” is selected.
  • Right-click (control-click) Applications and select “Add to Dock”. And an “Applications” icon will be placed in the Dock.
Add Applications to the Dock

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