OS X Lion 10.7 - How to install Application - No Application Folder?

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OK, I'm a total Mac newbie, so forgive what may be an ultra-basic question.

I just bought a Mac Book Air and am installing a VPN program from the web.  The instructions are to drag the .DMG file onto the "Applications Folder" for it to install, but I do not have one (that I can find).  I don't know if it was replaced by the app store icon, but I have finder, launchpad, app store, etc.

If I just click on the DMG to run it, it refuses and comes up with a window illustrating that I need to drag the DMG to the Applications folder to install.

Any help would be greatly appreciated!

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Your application folder should show up in the sidebar of any finder window.

You can also type "applications" into the Spotlight window.

Open any finder window, then in finder pull down the Finder Menu to Finder Preferences.
Click on the Sidebar Tab. Make sure the "Applications" box is ticked.

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> Your application folder should show up in the sidebar of any finder window.
> You can also type "applications" into the Spotlight window.

I've tried this.  It shows up under "Favorites" but I think that is a virtual link, not a physical folder, correct?  In any event, when I drag onto it I get "The operation can't be completd because an unexpected error occurred (error code 0)

>Open any finder window, then in finder pull down the Finder Menu to Finder Preferences.
>Click on the Sidebar Tab. Make sure the "Applications" box is ticked.

It is already checked.  I just can't drag onto it (as discussed above)

In the instructions for the install program, it refers to the Applications folder as a blue folder with an "A" on it (similar looking to the App store A), resembling the "Utilities" folder

Double click on the Applications folder in the sidebar of your finder window and it should open. Then drag the application into the open folder.

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Thanks.  Re-downloaded, followed this step and it placed the file in the applications folder (did not install).  I was then able to double-click to install.

The install program came up with a visual instruction to move the file to the applications folder, but just double clicking on it again, inside the warning, caused it to install.

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