In Mavericks (OS X 10.9), the User's Application folder is a separate folder from the System Application folder. Is there a way to see these two folders as one, similar to how it works on Windows? Otherwise, having both in the Finder Sidebar looks confusing and clunky: enter image description here

  • This must be an error. The app you are showing is just a short cut that ended in separate folder. It is actually not there, so find the original app and delete that shortcut.
    – Ruskes
    Oct 10, 2014 at 17:11
  • You might also want to read this: stackoverflow.com/a/9048601
    – Ruskes
    Oct 10, 2014 at 17:15
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    No. It's not an error. It's an alias, sure, but Racket's working fine. My questions is more along the lines of given two separate Applications folders: /Users/user/Applications and /System/Applications, how can I combine the view of these into a single folder. The answer below sounds promising, but isn't straightforward
    – decuser
    Oct 10, 2014 at 17:51
  • ~/Applications/ has been there for ages
    – user94148
    Oct 11, 2014 at 0:18

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You can create a smart folder which shows the contents of both folders. Go to File → New Smart Folder and add both the directories as rules for the smart folder.

  • How do you create a rule for the contents of the directory? I looked at adding the folder contents via criteria other->search for folder, which provided Document Container: Containing Folder of Item and a text box to type in the folder name, but it didn't appear to work with matches and any version of the folder name, or is, begins with, etc.
    – decuser
    Oct 10, 2014 at 17:56
  • Smart Folder isn't as smart as one may think. ;-) criteria->kind = application. The caveat is that you'll get ALL applications on your mac as result. even those in your download folder or somewhere else.
    – klanomath
    Oct 12, 2014 at 16:23

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