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Old 09-07-2009, 08:19 AM   #25
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Originally Posted by marlene View Post
Okay. I deleted all of the Stuffit files that I could find, and reinstalled. I was perplexed by the install screen, which had a folder called Stuffit 12 on the left, followed by an arrow pointing right, and a folder called Applications on the right.

I couldn't figure out which folder I was supposed to click (can't remember which one I clicked last time I tried to install) so I went the Stuffit support page and found instructions.
That is a shortcut using aliases for the application and the Application folder on your hard drive. The StuffIt icon probably had a swoopy arrow pointing at Applications — just drag the alias StuffIt into the alias Applications folder. If you go look in the real Applications folder on your hard drive, the real StuffIt will be in there. As real as bits on a computer ever are, anyway

It is equivalent to opening your hard drive icon and then dragging StuffIt into the real applications folder.

I had to click on the Stuffit folder and drag and drop it onto the Apps folder. I don't think I ever would have figured that out.
You should buy a copy of David Pogue’s Leopard: The Missing Manual. It is $24 at Amazon.

So the install proceeds, and then I'm left with the same install window on-screen, no icon in the dock, and no idea what to do next.
Installing an application does not place its alias in the dock, but you can tell it to stay there the first time you open it. Just click and hold on the icon in the dock, and choose Keep in Dock.

So I've learned a lesson about installing -- RTFM first!
Cough. At least until you know your way around your Mac. Then you will probably be able to wing it!

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