User only application Folder - Dockulicious

I just noticed there is no application folder for just the user. Can I just set one up and place applications in it that only I have access to. Will this effect how the program performs? I was looking at the Dockulicious Docks apps which is really cool to change the dock. But I want to let each individual user set their own type dock.

With a few exceptions, applications can go anywhere in the file system and run just fine. The most notable exceptions are Apple's own apps, and the need to have them in the main "Applications" folder is related to the ability to update them when needed. If I am not mistaken, some recent updates have addressed this issue, but it is still a good idea to keep them where they belong.
For your own third-party apps, you can create a folder anywhere in your own HOME folder, and place them there. If you want them in your Dock, just drag them there from wherever you place them.

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  • Home Application Folder

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    Message was edited by: Matthew Poor

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  • Missing files, user folder, application folder and system folder

    I am using a MacBook Pro 2011 model with OS X 10.9.4.
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    Please if someone could shed light on the situation! All my work files and personal files are on this computer and I would be devastated to loose them!
    Let me know if you need any more ino or screen shots!
    Kind regards,

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  • What's the deal with the Applications folder within the User folder?

    In my user folder (the one with my name) there's another Applications folder filled with .cab files that are all dated, and some have "Audio" or "ACT" or some weird naming in the middle. Some examples of what they're called are: ; ; ;
    1) What are .cab files?
    2) Why are they there, did an external program add them or something?
    3) Can I delete them?
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    Paul --
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    You will download a file whose name consists entirely of a number and which has the extension .cab.  A .cab is a Microsoft “cabinet” file: essentially it’s a Zipped folder structure with the ability to store longer file names.
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  • Standard-level user application folder

    I have two users on my machine, one is Admin user and i never log in to that one.  The other one is a standard user where i do all my work and is the user i access everything im on the machine.
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    onesAndZeroes wrote:
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    Not an idiot at all. Seems to be an issue with VirtualBox being incompatable with Mavericks. Hopefully an update will be forthcoming.

  • Application folder deleted on the User page?

    I installed Steam for Mac some time ago, and when I installed a game, the icon for it would appear on the Application folder, but making the other apps on the folder disappear, but were still on a computer. And I'm portuguese, so "Aplicações" means Apps. The folder was originally called "Aplicações", but when I installed the game, it was renamed to "Applications", to English! So I renamed it to "Aplicações", but the other apps were still missing, so I deleted it, which = I'm a jack*ss... So I created a shortcut folder, but it has the shortcut arrow on the icon and doesnt have the drop down arrow:
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    The Applications folder created by default in your user Home folder - i.e. "bootdrive -> Users -> yourusername -> Applications" - is not the same folder as the Applications folder at the root of the hard drive, nor it is an alias to that root Applications folder. The Applications folder in the user's Home folder is a separate folder, provided for use by the user, if he/she wishes/ for applications that do not insist on being in the root Applications folder. It allows such apps to be restricted to being seen and used only by that user.
    If Steam installed in the Applications folder in your Home folder and you deleted that Applications folder, just create a new folder (if you think you still need it) in your Home folder and name the new folder however you wish.

  • APPLICATION FOLDER in my HOME (user) - whats it for?

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    It's for your personal third-party applications that you may not want accessible by other users on your computer. It can also be used to keep third-party applications separate from the standard OS X applications. If you're the only user on the computer then you need not use it.

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