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work folder somehow got inside the Applications folder

Louise Olson
I discovered this when I looked at the path of a file which had previous
been open in Photoshop.  The path looked very strange
(/Applications/Today's Work/file name.  So I went looking for the file
through the file system.  Sure enough, the folder full of my "work", was
in the Applications folder.  There were two aliases in my User name folder
where the file actually should be.  If I hadn't seen the strange path, it
might have taken me a while to realize this had happened.

I've tried to put the Today's Work folder into the "user name" folder, but
it just makes another alias and the folder itself stays in with the
Applications.

What do I have to do to get this back where it belongs so paths I see to
files in this folder will be correct again.

Sometimes I swear this computer has evil spirits with the weird problems I
get.


Louise





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Re: work folder somehow got inside the Applications folder

Alexander Forbes

On Aug 8, 2017, at 1:36 PM, Louise Olson <[hidden email]> wrote:

I've tried to put the Today's Work folder into the "user name" folder, but
it just makes another alias and the folder itself stays in with the
Applications.

I don't have a clue as to the explanation for this. Anyone who's heard of this will probably ask for the OS. 

Apologies if this is too obvious and you already tried it: copy and paste your entire Work folder into Documents or wherever you keep it. I would also make sure you have a current backup of your work. Then, restart, affirm Work is in its proper location, and then delete the aliases in Applications as well. Your primary user login name should have Admin privileges and probably already does.

Alex



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Re: work folder somehow got inside the Applications folder

Louise Olson

On Tue, August 8, 2017 5:23 pm, Alexander Forbes wrote:

>
>> On Aug 8, 2017, at 1:36 PM, Louise Olson <[hidden email]>
>> wrote:
>>
>> I've tried to put the Today's Work folder into the "user name" folder,
>> but
>> it just makes another alias and the folder itself stays in with the
>> Applications.
>
> I don't have a clue as to the explanation for this. Anyone who's heard of
> this will probably ask for the OS.

I'm sorry ... I should have included that I am running El Capitan 10.11.6.

>
> Apologies if this is too obvious and you already tried it: copy and paste
> your entire Work folder into Documents or wherever you keep it. I would
> also make sure you have a current backup of your work. Then, restart,
> affirm Work is in its proper location, and then delete the aliases in
> Applications as well. Your primary user login name should have Admin
> privileges and probably already does.

My Today's Work folder contains many, many folders covering all my clients
and about 20 years of work files. It doesn't sound very practical to
copy/paste as you suggested.  It does, though, give me an idea of how I
might work around this if there is not another suggestion for actually
moving the Today's Work folder which doesn't belong in the computers
Applications folder.

Thank you so much for your answer.

Louise



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Re: work folder somehow got inside the Applications folder

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In reply to this post by Louise Olson
On Tue, Aug 8, 2017 at 4:36 PM, Louise Olson <[hidden email]> wrote:
I've tried to put the Today's Work folder into the "user name" folder, but
it just makes another alias and the folder itself stays in with the
Applications.

What do I have to do to get this back where it belongs so paths I see to
files in this folder will be correct again.

Hold down the Command key and drag the folder to where it belongs. You’ll be prompted for your administrator password, but the Command-drag forces a move.

By default, Apple protects the items in the Applications folder by making aliases when you drag things out, since most of the time you shouldn’t be moving apps out of that folder. But either Command-drag (to move) or Option-drag (to make a copy) allow you to override the default behavior.

cheers... -Adam



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Re: work folder somehow got inside the Applications folder

Alexander Forbes
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On Aug 8, 2017, at 3:32 PM, Louise Olson <[hidden email]> wrote:

My Today's Work folder contains many, many folders covering all my clients
and about 20 years of work files. It doesn't sound very practical to
copy/paste as you suggested.

My idea would be a bit of a kludge for so many files, but I have completed some amazingly huge copies and pastes. For the size of your folder, though, that would be inefficient, and take forever and amen ... but it gets done. You would go out for coffee and shopping and might hope to see some progress-bar change when you returned.

If you have a third party backup/clone app such as Carbon Copy Cloner, a better way might be to create a new empty Work folder in its rightful location, and then set up a temporary Copy run from Applications/Work to Documents/Work, or whatever ... if nothing else is suggested and nothing else works, think about giving it a try... someone else might know the command line entry for that.




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Re: work folder somehow got inside the Applications folder

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Copy and Paste with a folder isn’t a great idea because then you’ll end up with two copies of everything, which is a recipe for confusion. It would work, but you’d have to make sure to delete the copy in the Applications folder immediately.

Just use Command-drag to move and all will be well.

cheers... -Adam



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Re: work folder somehow got inside the Applications folder

Louise Olson
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>
> Hold down the Command key and drag the folder to where it belongs. You’ll
> be prompted for your administrator password, but the Command-drag forces a
> move.
>
> By default, Apple protects the items in the Applications folder by making
> aliases when you drag things out, since most of the time you shouldn’t be
> moving apps out of that folder. But either Command-drag (to move) or
> Option-drag (to make a copy) allow you to override the default behavior.
>
> cheers... -Adam
>

Thanks ... everything is back as it should be (at least I'm not seeing
anything amiss right now).

Do love this list and its helpful people.


Louise


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Re: work folder somehow got inside the Applications folder

George Wade
Those demons could be pacified with only the command key !  
G.

On 8 Aug 2017, at 19:29, Louise Olson wrote:

>> Hold down the Command key and drag the folder to where it belongs. You’ll
>> be prompted for your administrator password, but the Command-drag forces a
>> move.
>>
>> By default, Apple protects the items in the Applications folder by making
>> aliases when you drag things out, since most of the time you shouldn’t be
>> moving apps out of that folder. But either Command-drag (to move) or
>> Option-drag (to make a copy) allow you to override the default behavior.
>>
>> cheers... -Adam
>>
>
> Thanks ... everything is back as it should be (at least I'm not seeing
> anything amiss right now).
>
> Do love this list and its helpful people.
>
>
> Louise



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