Take the headache out of reinstalling apps.

Since OS X El Capitan was just released today, I am now faced with backing up my system and then reinstalling and organizing it once the OS is updated. The part I truly dread is making note of and then reinstalling my applications. I’ve always just made screen shots of all the pages of apps in Mission Control. Fortunately, there is a very quick and easy way to do this function without making a lot of new images.

  1. Open a Finder window and select your Applications file from the sidebar (assuming it’s in your sidebar).
    How-To: Make a Quick List of Apps 3
  2. Select all your apps and type Command + C or select Copy from the Edit menu.
    How-To: Make a Quick List of Apps 4
  3. Open a new file in Text Edit and make sure it is set to format your document as “Plain Text”. You can check this by opening the Format menu and selecting Make Plain Text.
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  4. Type Command + V or select Paste from the Edit menu while you have a blank page open. This should copy the names of all your applications so that you can easily reload them later.

How-To: Make a Quick List of Apps 5

This is a very efficient way to not only keep track of your applications in case of a system malfunction, but also in case of a system restore.