I've had my Macbook air for 3 years but never had to troubleshoot it before because nothing's ever gone wrong with it. It's running OSX 10.6 snow leopard.

There always used to be an icon in the dock that I could click to open up a list of all apps installed on the machine (basically like the windows start button). As far as I can remember it was just to the right of the dock resizer control. I don't know what it's called but I don't think it's launchpad because that seems to have been introduced in 10.7.

Anyway for some reason this has disappeared from the dock so the only way I can launch apps that aren't glued to the dock is by using finder.

I've tried looking in the applications folder for something called "launcher" but there's nothing there.

  • Open Finder and click Macintosh HD (or whatever your hard drive is called) under devices in the left pane.
  • In the right pane, drag the Applications folder to the right-hand side of the dock.
  • D'oh! So basically it's not an application itself, just a link to a folder. I did actually wonder if that might be how it worked but for some reason I was trying to drag it to the left of the resizer and it won't stick there. sorted now thanks :)
    – Andy
    Apr 9 '14 at 8:11

Things to the right of the resizer are file or folder aliases (symlinks/shortcuts). Maybe you had dragged your Applications folder there at some point? If you want it back, drag it there again. (Your Applications folder is still there at the root level of your hard drive in the Finder.)

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