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My apps folder, which was located in the bar on the bottom right of my Macbook Air running Catalina, suddenly disappeared.

How to get it back?

  • "Bar on the bottom right" Do you mean the Dock? – IconDaemon Jan 27 '20 at 19:44
  • In Finder, right-click on Applications on the Sidebar and select: Add to Dock – user3439894 Jan 27 '20 at 20:20
  • OK, tried that, and the folder was empty..it's as if the contents disappeared. – John Duffy Jan 27 '20 at 22:35
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It sounds like you want to restore the Applications folder to it's location on the right side of the dock.

  1. Close any open application windows so that you can see the desktop.
  2. Click once on the desktop and the name in the upper left corner of the screen (on the menu bar, next to the Apple menu...) says "Finder"
  3. Click on the "File" menu and then select "New Finder Window" A window will open up. Depending on your settings it may or may not show what we need to see, which is the side bar.
  4. If the sidebar is not there select the "View" menu and then "Show Sidebar"
  5. In the sidebar you should see "Applications"
  6. Drag Applications from the sidebar to the right side of the dock. To the right of the vertical bar and to the left of the trash.
  7. Hover there for a second and a space should open up.
  8. Release the mouse button

Your Applications folder is now back in the dock.

  • there's two vertical bars on Mojave – anki Jan 27 '20 at 20:10
  • In Finder, right-click on Applications on the Sidebar and select: Add to Dock – user3439894 Jan 27 '20 at 20:20
  • Damn! I forgot the easy way... – Steve Chambers Jan 27 '20 at 21:56

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