Install a Program in Mac Lion

If it’s the first time, I mean first time, you have a mac, and you’ve never used it before, one big change that you will notice is installing a program.

It’s totally different than in Windows, but once you know it, it’s actually much simpler.

In my personal experience, when I first used a Mac in 2010, I immediately googled “install program mac” and found so many helpful answers you can immediately find and use.

I also want to mention that in Mac, they are called “applications” instead of “programs”. (see: switching from PC to Mac)

So here are the simple steps how you install a new app in Mac Lion OS X

1. I assume, you already login into your account dashboard, if you have many users in your system, but if you’re the only users, then just login and all is ready to start.

2. Prepare the new application installation disc, they are usually in .dmg or .pkg file formats, and I mostly put the new dmg files on my desktop, so I won’t forget to delete it once I am done. (read more on files formats of programs you can install on mac)

Here is a screenshot of a dmg file to install a program or an app.

install a dmg file

a dmg file example

These files can be from many resources, such as from internet, like firefox, and MAMP server, or even in a DVD format.

If the file is in a DVD, you will have to use a DVD drive, which is still included in the iMac 2011 models (not sure with the 2012 models in the future release).

Or you can also use an external DVD drive.

In this tutorial, we are going to use a .dmg file, let’s say, we have just downloaded from internet.

3. Once you open this file, it will open installer and guide you through with the installation process.

4. In most cases, once the process done, it will show a dialog box, which will ask you to drag your new application icon to your “Applications” folder.

See this screenshot:

 

dialog box drag and drop

Drag and drop the new app icon to Application folder

5. Follow the notification, by dragging and drop that icon to your Applications folder, and it’s done. That’s simple.

In case you will want to have your new app to always stay in your Dock, you can do right click, option, and always show in Dock. That’s it.

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