I downloaded Atom which is a third party text editor. Okay, great! However the file is only in my downloads, and when I add it to the bar at the bottom, sometimes my Mac doesn't seem to know where it's looking (i.e. comes up with a question mark).

So I have to open up Atom via the downloads folder. This is time consuming - is there any way I can fix this?


I am assuming you are installing the atom through a DMG file. In most cases when you open the DMG file you see the application itself and a shortcut to Applications folder. You just need to drag the application and drop it in Applications shortcut icon and the application gets copied to Applications folder.enter image description here

However if you don't see anything like that you have to manually move files of this text editor to applications folder so you can directly access it from there and make a shortcut on your dock.

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When you run atom from your downloads folder you see a little white drive like icon, it is the disk image, which is the container for the program after copying you can eject the disk and you'll still have the program.

Now the shortcut on your dock will work perfectly fine and you will not get that question mark again.


You can move it to your Applications folder: just drag-and-drop from the Downloads folder.

Then open it from that folder, right click in it's icon in the Dock, go to Options -> Keep in Dock.

Alternatively you can launch it with Spotlight. Just hit CMD+Space and type Atom.

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