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OS X El Capitan: The Missing Manual by David Pogue

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Other Ways to Get Mac Software

In general, new programs arrive on your Mac via one of two avenues: as a download (whether from the App Store or not), or on a CD or DVD.

Downloading Compressed Files

Programs you download from the web (not the App Store) generally arrive in a specially encoded, compressed form (Figure 5-2). And unless you’ve changed the settings, they arrive in the Downloads folder on your Dock.

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