Forum Question: How Do I Move a Folder Out Of the Applications Folder?

I accidentally dropped my documents folder into the applications folder when I was dragging it into my favorites on my finder.
I tried to use Time Machine to restore it, but I get an error message that says: “Applications can’t be modified or deleted because it’s required by Mac OS X.”
How can I move my documents folder back where it belongs?
Nick Arnette

Comments: 3 Responses to “How Do I Move a Folder Out Of the Applications Folder?”

    2/2/12 @ 7:49 am

    So your Documents folder is now in your Applications folder? Did you try simply dragging it back to your User folder?
    Otherwise, if you want to use Time Machine to do it, restore the Documents folder inside your User folder from a few hours (or days) ago. Of course that means some of your recent changes will be missing. Best to simply move the folder back from Applications to your User folder and not use Time Machine at all for this.

      Nick A.
      2/2/12 @ 11:36 am

      Hi Gary,

      Yes, I should have mentioned in my original post that I tried to drag the documents folder into my user folder.

      When I do that, it just creates a shortcut to my documents folder in my user folder, and my documents folder remains stuck in my applications folder. That’s why I was trying to use Time machine.

      Any other ideas? Should I just leave my documents in my applications folder?

      Thanks so much for your help Gary. You’re the best Mac guy out there without a doubt!!

        Nick A.
        2/2/12 @ 11:49 am

        Hi Gary,

        I turns out the documents folder in my Applications folder was just a shortcut…but it didn’t have the shortcut arrow on it.

        I found my documents folder and all is well now.

        Thanks again Gary!!

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