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Identifying Mac Applications on the Launchpad

Part of the Macs All-in-One For Dummies Cheat Sheet

Your Mac’s Launchpad contains a treasure trove of useful Mac applications you can click to launch and use. The following list runs down the applications you’ll find on the Launchpad (or in your Mac’s Applications folder) and a provides brief explanation of what each one does:

  • Address Book: Stores names and addresses

  • App Store: One-stop-shopping for Mac applications

  • Automator: Automates your Mac

  • Calculator: Four-function calculator

  • Chess: Chess game

  • Dashboard: Displays Dashboard widgets (equivalent to pressing Fn+F12)

  • Dictionary: Dictionary and thesaurus

  • DVD Player: Plays DVDs

  • FaceTime: Videochat with other Mac or iOS users

  • Font Book: Displays and organizes fonts on your Mac

  • GarageBand: Creates music through a connected instrument or through software

  • iCal: Stores appointments on a calendar

  • iChat: Text, audio, and video instant messaging via the Internet

  • iDVD: Creates and burns custom DVDs

  • Image Capture: Retrieves images from external devices, such as digital cameras and scanners

  • iMovie: Creates, edits, and shares movies

  • iPhoto: Stores and displays photos and images

  • iTunes: Plays music and video

  • *iWeb: Templates and tools for designing a website

  • Mail: Sends and retrieves e-mail

  • Mission Control: Enables switching between multiple desktops

  • Photo Booth: Captures photos and video using the built-in iSight camera

  • Preview: Displays the contents of files, such as graphics and PDF files

  • QuickTime Player: Plays and edits QuickTime audio and video files

  • Safari: Web browser

  • Stickies: Displays windows mimicking sticky notes for jotting down information

  • System Preferences: Displays icons for configuring different parts of your Mac, such as volume or your Internet connection

  • TextEdit: Simple word processor

  • Time Machine: Displays deleted or earlier versions of files (works only if Time Machine is enabled)

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