Launchpad is a feature introduced in Mac OS X Lion based on the iOS springboard. A collection of application icons and folders is accessed either by clicking an icon in the dock or by pressing a specific key on newer Macs/Apple Keyboards. Applications can be launched with a click.

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Why is my Launchpad missing app icons?

Sometimes my Launchpad just look like this without any app icons. What causes this problem and how can I solve it? I am using 2011 11″ MacBook Air with OS X 10.9.1
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How to hide an app from the Launchpad?

Is there any way to hide an app from the Launchpad in Yosemite? I don't want to delete it or something like that I just want to hide apps that I don't use frequently, and I have a lot of them, putting ...
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How to remove chrome app icons from launchpad?

I uninstalled Google chrome by deleting it from the Applications folder and I also deleted the associated profile data from ~/Library/Application Support/Google/Chrome But I have failed to remove all ...
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OS X Yosemite XCode update stuck on 'Waiting'

I recently downloaded Yosemite, and I'm trying to update my XCode. I hit 'Update' in the App Store, and but it's been stuck at 'Waiting' for the past 30 minutes. What can I do to fix this?
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Launchpad Search Field not working - cannot type

The launchpad search field suddenly no longer accepts text input for me. Any idea how to get this to accept text again? Searching for an app was so very useful.
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URL for Omnifocus Context

I would like to use a URL in Launch Pad Pro to open the "Home" context in OmniFocus whenever I get home. I know to get to a perspective you use: omnifocus:///perspective/PerspectiveName But I've ...
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application trouble

I recently downloaded frost wire to my macbook air laptop. The application shows up on the desktop but I don't want it there. My question is how so I put the application in launchpad?
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Delete apps from Launchpad or from Finder?

Is there an advantage to delete apps from Launchpad (Hold one app like in iOS) vs from finder? And why some apps cannot be deleted from Launchpad?
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Microsoft Word on OS X running executable hyperlinks from 'launchd'

I'd like to create a script that calculates statistics on all opened applications and what parent process has initiated them. I would expect that the ppid for each running process will represent the ...
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How to remove an icon from launchpad that does not appear in the Finder?

I have moved an installer into the launchpad (uTorrent-Installer). The problem is that I would like to remove it now but as it is an installer it doesn't appear in "Applications" in the Finder. I ...
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Unmodified F4 no longer summons LaunchPad

When I press F4, it no longer summons LaunchPad. F3 still invokes Mission Control, and the other function keys, without modifiers, have their respective meanings (volume, play, etc), but I can only ...
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Folder cannot be deleted from the Launchpad and is not displayed in Finder

I have installed a wrong version of Anaconda from python 2.7 on OS X 10.11.1 and to remove it, I deleted its files from the Finder. Now Launchpad is confused and the Anaconda folder is still there, ...
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OS X unable to update outdated app icon in Launchpad

I have an app which is installed in OS X. It needs a certain software patch currently to make it run successfully in the latest OS, and we are sending the patch as a standalone separate app, which ...
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OSX App's Icon stuck on my screen

I just tried to open Spotify's app through the OSX LaunchPad, and when I clicked on the icon, it is stuck on my screen. I've attached some screenshots to show you. I don't know how to get it down. No ...
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Set meta/command/⌘ key as Launchpad shortcut?

I would like to set the command key ⌘ as the shortcut to open Launchpad, is that possible? I've tried in the System Preferences, but it won't let me.
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OpenOffice multiple launcher in launchpad/dock

I recently installed the OpenOffice 4 on my Mac and I use it also on Linux (CentOS 6.5 / Gnome2). On Linux, after the installation, I got a specific shortcut (launcher) for every Office application ...
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Is it possible to reset launchpad layout?

My launchpad has become very cluttered overtime. I'm wondering if there is a function to reset launchpad like the iOS reset home screen layout feature. Let me know in the comments if you don't ...
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Is there a more-accurate indicator of an app download's progress than what appears in Launchpad?

While downloading an application from the Mac App Store, you are presented with a progress indicator in Launchpad, like so: For a large install (like Xcode, as shown) this doesn't provide a ...
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Change the background effect in Launchpad on Yosemite

In Mavericks I learned that the keyboard combination control+option+command+B would allow the user to cycle through the various background effects (blur, no blur, black and white, etc.). However, this ...
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Microsoft RDP Crash on launch

I work for a primarily Microsoft based IT support company, anyway today a Mac user asked me to setup RDP which I wouldn't normally have any issues with but I got onto the Mac and installed the latest ...
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How to remove “Google Search” icon in Launchpad permanently?

Recently, I find this icon "Google Search" appears in my launchpad, I searched online and located this app in this "Chrome Apps" folder, deleted it. However, it appeared again the second day. This is ...
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What's up with “paused” applications in Launchpad?

When I activate Launch on both my Mavericks and Mountain Lion systems, a few of the application icons are (seemingly permanently) greyed out and marked "Paused" with an empty progress bar. It isn't ...
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How to remove icon from Launchpad forcefully

I updated GIMP from MacUpdates since then I got two Gimp icons in Launchpad. I also deleted the Gimp.app from finder but now i get this question mark on the gimp icon in Launchpad. How to completely ...
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How to remove an empty group in Launchpad

I installed Google IME and uninstalled it. Then, as shown in the image below, an empty group is left in Launchpad. (I think it should have been removed automatically when the group became empty.) How ...
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Issue with my launchpad on MBP Retina 13"

I've got one annoying problem with my launchpad icon. Today i was downloading xcode and i stopped it over the time, because it was already installed in the finder. Can I reset the launchpad over my ...
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How Do I Remove Duplicate Apps From Launchpad?

I have three copies of Skype. How do I remove them from Launchpad?
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An app downloaded from the Mac App Store re-installs itself after I delete it. How can I remove it permanently?

The app in question is iCare by Chen Yuhua. I have tried uninstalling the proper way through launchpad and also manually by removing all files and system files that are returned by Searching "iCare" ...
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How to sort apps in Launchpad view?

I'm looking for a quick/easy way to organize my apps in Launchpad view. I know of the drag & drop method, but I would like to be able to sort by date, name, etc. Is there a way to do that?
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How to remap F4 to Dashboard or Notifications on a MacBook Pro in Yosemite?

I had this working fine in Tiger thru Mavericks, but it broke in Yosemite. Pressing F4 now launches Launchpad, and only fnF4 triggers Dashboard. Launchpad is useless compared to Spotlight or even ...
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Where are my all installed programs?

I am new to Mac OS X and till the time I was using Windows 7/8. I tried to download and install programs in Mac OS X, but I do not see them in Launchpad. Where are all my programs are going. ...
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Apps disappearing from launchpad?

Looking at this image: You will see a blank space at the bottom. That's actually a disappearing app. Next to it you can see a folder that is missing the icon. Next to that you will notice a folder ...
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How to create a .app folder from an executable .jar?

Just this. I have an executable jar that I'd like to create a .app folder for. Mainly just because I'd like it to be pinnable to the dock. Is there any easy way to do this? Edit: Really what I'm ...
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How to remove shortcuts from Launchpad installed by Windows through Parallels 10?

I installed Java in Windows 8.1 through Parallels Desktop 10 and got ugly Java shortcuts in my Launchpad. I tried to launch "Java configuration tool" right click then remove from Launchpad, but it's ...
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How can I add an Automator application to the Dock?

I followed the directions in How to put a custom launcher in the Dock (Mavericks) but my case has a different twist. I have an Automator application which runs a shell script that (1) changes the ...
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How to delete Google apps from my launchpad?

After I have downloaded Google Chrome because my Safari wasn't finding servers, multiple google apps appeared on my launchpad that I can't delete. I uploaded a picture so you understand what I'm ...
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Where is the Launchpad database stored and is there a way to edit it directly?

When exploring the new Launchpad feature, at first, it would seem as is it draws it's content primarily from the Programs folder. It seems to be the case, however, that the Launchpad database is ...
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Change folder name on launchpad?

I'm rearranging my launchpad and I can't seem to figure out how to change the name of one of my folders with the yosemite update.
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Where did these creepy google/gmail icons come from?

I just noticed them, I suspect/hope Chrome somehow placed them there, they are not removable by normal methods, they only open Chrome when clicked and nothing else Google is getting pretty creepy, ...
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How do I remove icon from the launchpad if I already moved app to trash

So, I had an app, and removed it (moved to trash) Now, I can see its icon in launchpad (when I click it says "You can't open the application "Name" because it is in the trash.). With only button OK. ...
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How do I move an application from Launchpad into Applications folder?

I purchased Pixelmator 2 from the Mac App store. The app appeared in Launchpad, but not in my applications folder. The problem is that I don't use Launchpad. I can't find where Pixelmator is actually ...
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What does the blue point before app name in lauchpad mean? [duplicate]

As the arrows point, the little blue points before Evernote and MS OneNote.
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Signed app is not opening after installing from Package

I have created an OS X application and signed it with my Developer ID. I archived the application and then just exported it as Application and here it is working fine. But, when I exported it as ...
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New users can't see Apple applications from Utilities folder in Launchpad

I felt like giving my mess of Launchpad icons a fresh start. So I did defaults write com.apple.dock ResetLaunchPad -bool true && killall Dock On checking Launchpad, it had appeared to have ...
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Launchpad Issue

So I was cleaning up my launchpad since Adobe installs a lot of minor applications and I wanted to have them all in one folder. Then I moved all of those Adobe applications to a new folder but the old ...
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How to put Eclipse for JEE and Eclipse for CPP in Launchpad on Mac at the same time?

I am trying to put the two different Eclipses into the Launchpad at the same time. But it turns out that Launchpad only show one of them no matter what I did. What I have done: Download the two ...
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How to remove launchpad icon of broken application

I installed gimp from macports and uninstalled it (port uninstall gimp) when I found its not well maintained as gimp released its native mac build. But the gimp icon in launchpad didn't go away. How ...
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Launchpad won't close in Mavericks on mid-2009 MBP

I tried to launch an app in Launchpad, and then couldn't leave. Here is a somewhat anonymized picture of the result. Launchpad faded somewhat, but not entirely, and remained active. I could ...
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LaunchPad totally disorganised after reboot OS X Yosemite

Running Yosemite 10.0 with a clean erase and install, when I reboot, all my launchpad apps are totally disorganised, folders and un-official apps disappears... After reorganizing the layout twice, I ...
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How can Launchpad be configured to keep layout after reboot? [duplicate]

I updated to Yosemite. I organized my launchpad but when I turned my laptop on after shutting it down, my apps weren't grouped together like I did before. What do I need to do to keep the layout I ...
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Launchpad occasionally stalls for few minutes

This is happening occasionally and I can't nail the source. What happens is that sometimes after my Mac wakes up from a sleep, I can not launch any apps using Launchpad. I can click the launchpad ...