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When I open finder and click on MyUserName in the sidebar I noticed that all my applications are missing.

When I click on 'Applications' in the side bar I can see them all and when opening the Applications folder from the deck they are there.

Why is this?

System Version: Mac OS X 10.6.7 (10J869)
Model Name: MacBook Pro

Model Identifier: MacBookPro6,2
Processor Name: Intel Core i7
Processor Speed: 2.66 GHz Number Of Processors: 1 Total Number Of Cores: 2 L2 Cache (per core): 256 KB L3 Cache: 4 MB Memory: 8 GB
Processor Interconnect Speed: 4.8 GT/s Boot ROM Version: MBP61.0057.B0C SMC Version (system): 1.58f16 Sudden Motion Sensor: State: Enabled

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OS X has two locations for applications to be installed. The first is /Applications, or the Applications folder under the root of your hard drive. The second is /Users/UserName/Applications, which is where you can install other software. By default, the majority of Mac software will install into /Applications, which is why you see your programs when you click on Applications in the sidebar or open the Applications folder.

Long story short, you don't have anything installed in /Users/MyUserName/Applications, everything is in /Applications.

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That is a very odd decision of Apples part –  TheLearner Apr 6 '11 at 13:55
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@TheLearner that's so the applications will be available to all users. /Users/UserName/Applications is UserName's personal, private apps folder, so anything installed there is only available to that one user. Actually, /Users/UserName/Applications doesn't normally even exist (to avoid this confusion), and if it's empty feel free to delete it. –  Gordon Davisson Apr 6 '11 at 14:24
    
@Gordon Davisson thanks mate, now it makes more sense –  TheLearner Apr 6 '11 at 14:32

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