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Is there a relatively straight forward way to make a note of all applications/programs installed on my mac for future reference, without having to note down each application one by one via word etc

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  • Open /Applications in the Finder
  • Press Cmd-A followed by Cmd-C
  • Switch to Pages/Word/TextEdit/etc.
  • Create a new document and press Cmd-V

Repeat for sub-folders of /Applications and any other place (~/Applications maybe) where you have installed applications.

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Hi Patrix thanks very much for that, as far as i'm aware I think 90% of my Apps are in the Applications folder, although I have noticed a few when I go into system preferernces right at the bottom such as Avast, Flip WMV. Not quite sure what they are doing there ! – Simon Nov 24 '12 at 9:50
Welcome to AskDifferent. The usual way to say "thank you" is the upvote button :-). To your followup question: System extensions of any kind are usually installed in /Library or ~/Library, but they are more difficult to collect afterwards. – patrix Nov 24 '12 at 9:54
Ah yes that right, these are known as system extensions :). – Simon Nov 24 '12 at 9:57
Do I click on the tick button as well, or do people just add comments and there input as they please? – Simon Nov 24 '12 at 9:59
Upvote -> I like this answer/good answer/good idea/thank you. You can upvote as many answers as you like, also on questions others have asked. Accept -> I accept this as the answer to my question. Only for your own questions and only one per question. Comments can be added anytime. – patrix Nov 24 '12 at 10:12

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