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OS X Mavericks: The Missing Manual by David Pogue

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Opening OS X Programs

You can launch (open) an application in any of several ways:

  • Single-click an icon on the Launchpad, described on the following pages.

  • Single-click a program’s icon on the Dock, the Sidebar, or the Finder toolbar.

  • Use Spotlight. Hit ⌘-space bar, type the first letters of the program’s name, and then press Return.

  • Double-click an app’s icon in the Finder.

  • If you’ve added the Applications folder to your Dock, click the Dock icon to open the pop-up fan, grid, or list of icons. Then click the program you want (or even type the first few letters of its name and then press Return).

  • Highlight an application icon and then press ⌘-O (short for File→Open) or ⌘-down arrow.

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