Different ways to launch a Mac OS X Application

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Mac OS X is a very flexible operating system that provides users several different ways to launch an application.  Over time you may get accustomed to using a particular method.  This guide will highlight seven top methods.
  1. If the application's icon has been placed in the Dock, just double-click on the application to launch it
  2. If you have placed the Applications folder on the right side of the Dock (a nice tip for switchers to mimic the Windows Start menu), you can easily launch an application - you may have to navigate through the stack to get to the application if it is located in a folder
  3. If the application's icon is located in the Finder Sidebar, just click on the application to launch it
  4. Use Mac OS X Spotlight
  5. Navigate to the Applications folder in the Finder and double-click an application's icon
  6. In the Finder, single click on the application's icon then simultaneously press 'Command' and the letter 'o' or 'Command' and the down arrow key
  7. Open the Terminal utility.  You will then type the 'open' command followed by either the name of the Application (if you are located in the Applications folder) or the full path to the name of the application under the Applications folder.  For example:
    • If you are in the Applications folder, the following command will launch iTunes (note that you don't have to use the single quotes):

      open iTunes.app

    • If you are not in the Applications folder, the following command will also launch iTunes (you don't need to use the single quotes):

      open /Applications/iTunes.app
Created: 9:30 PM on Apr 30, 2009
By: switchtoamac