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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How do you delete apps from Lion's Launchpad?

When pressing alt/option in Lion's Launchpad, only some icons get the delete X overlay to remove them. How do you delete the others? I've read that control-option-command should do this, but it ...
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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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How to remove chrome app icons from launchpad?

I uninstalled Google chrome buy 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 ...
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Does deleting Mac App Store apps in Launchpad delete related files in the Library folders too?

When I delete Mac App Store apps in Launchpad, does it delete related files in the Library folders too? I mean files like preferences, application support files etc.
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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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How can I remove the Parallels icons from Launchpad in Lion?

I have Parallels Desktop 6 installed and after an upgrade to Lion I got a whole bunch of Windows app icons on Launchpad: They look ugly and don't have a remove button. They also don't exist in my ...
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How can I rename a folder in Lion's Launchpad?

I created a folder by dropping one icon on top of another. Now I want to rename that folder, since the default name, "Utility" isn't the one I want. According to all advice I find on the internet, I ...
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Skype is showing up in Launchpad twice — why? How do I fix it?

Skype is showing up in Launchpad twice. It's been acting like this for a while but if I remember correctly I think it first started when I let Skype auto-update itself a while back. Any ideas why ...
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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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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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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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Are the LaunchPad icons bigger/magnified in Mac OS 10.7.2?

Just upgraded to 10.7.2 and found out that the Launchpad icons had become much bigger / magnified. Is this a normal thing or is there something wrong with my installation?
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Low-resolution icons displayed in Dock and Launchpad

Since about a week I have some icons in the Dock and in the Launchpad (e.g.: AppStore, Mission Control) with low-res icons. However if I start the app (in this case App Store), the correct ...
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What affects the order of applications in Lauchpad?

When opening Launchpad I've noticed that every page has different amount of applications laid out. Also, they doesn't seem to be ordered by any criteria (name, usage frequency or size). What are the ...
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Is there a way to keep your app icons sorted by name in LaunchPad?

It seems that LaunchPad is not remembering the position of my app icons. I manually sorted them by name, but every now and then it will shuffle them. I have not yet identified the pattern that ...
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Inaccurate click to open an app from Launchpad: closes Launchpad

I'm surprised how much I use Launchpad after upgrading to Lion both to launch and switch to applications, to the extent that I rarely find myself showing the Dock anymore. I do have one problem, ...
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Did Mountain Lion fix Launchpad's re-arranging curse?

Anyone that has used Launchpad aggressively knows that (at least on Lion) it would re-arrange the icons upon reboot. There was no way to save or lock the order and location of the icons. Is this ...
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Is it possible to reassign the “Pinch with thumb and three fingers” gesture to activate Dashboard instead of Launchpad?

I don't really have a use for Launchpad, but the gesture to me makes sense for Dashboard. I experimented a little with BetterTouchTool, but it doesn't have the gesture available, and I'm not sure it ...
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How to select multiple app icons in Launchpad to move them?

Is it possible to select more than one app icon at a time in Launchpad and then drag them to a folder?
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How can I remove the launchpad?

I don't use the launchpad, especially as it has a lot of useless apps in there that you can't delete either. For things like the dock and the dashboard I found guides online on how to remove them, but ...
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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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Use Launchpad while downloading from AppStore

I am just getting set up with my first mac. The current annoyance is that I am downloading xcode from AppStore (2.5 GB!!), and every app in the Launchpad is hidden - there is just the downloading ...
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Is there a way to navigate or filter Launchpad using type-selection?

Launchpad quickly becomes a mess once you have many apps installed. Especially seeing the fact that stuff like 'Microsoft Silverlight' (which you most likely will never run manually, but runs as a ...
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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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Save and Restore Launchpad Layout?

I've spent a lot of time arranging the apps the way I want them on my Mac and would like for them to stay that way. Is there anyway to save the current layout of Launchpad for a later restore if it ...
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How can I create a keyboard shortcut for LaunchPad on OS X Lion (10.7)?

I know how to open Launchpad via a gesture, creating a hot corner and obviously clicking on it in the dock .... what I am looking for is creating a keyboard shortcut to open Launchpad. I tried going ...
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No X button on App Store downloaded apps icons in Launchpad “jiggle mode”

I can't seem to uninstall Mac App Store purchased applications. I know that holding down the Option key or clicking and holding on the app icon to make the icons start jiggling so you can uninstall ...
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Can you create shortcut in Lions Launchpad?

As it says in title. I want to add one for Eclipse, to have all in one place.
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Why my application icons wiggle when I press ALT key in Launchpad?

I tried Launchpad first time today and went through the common modifier keys & their combinations to see if some hidden options appear. When I pressed ⌥ ALT all the apps started wiggling. What ...
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Does a Magic Mouse let me use all the multitouch features of Lion?

Does the magic mouse support all of the gestures that the magic trackpad supports, including but not limited to Launchpad and Mission Control?
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How can I get the Parallels Desktop Application Icons in Launchpad?

I have the opposite problem of this one; I have Parallels Desktop 6 installed and while I do have the Applications folder in the dock, I don't have links to any of these applications in Launchpad. ...
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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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Why does Launchpad not remember my icon settings?

I'm trying to use the Launchpad feature in Mac OS X, but my icons keep on getting rearranged. I'll manually move icons around to my liking, but then after a restart, many of them are automatically ...
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Folders in Applications not in sync with Launchpad

I created a folder in /Applications to move all Games into a folder called Games. Launchpad is not in sync with the folders that I created. Looking at the folder Utilities, I was under the ...
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Is there a way to transfer a Launchpad layout to another machine?

If I spend time grouping apps in neat folders in Launchpad on one machine, is there a way to copy that mapping to another system without having to manually organize everything all over again ?
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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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Cannot rearrange Launchpad Icons

I just installed Lion over Snow Leopard. I was trying to rearrange the icons in Launchpad into folders/groups. It worked for a while, but sometime in the middle of rearranging I could no longer take ...
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Can I choose the name of a folder in Launchpad?

When I drag two items into a folder, the system seems to choose the folder name for me. Am I missing any way to choose a name or am I presently stuck with what the system chooses for me? I know I ...
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Why can't I open Dropbox via Launchpad?

The Dropbox app is shown in Launchpad. When I click on it's icon to launch it nothing happens and I return to my browser. Is this normal?
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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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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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Why does deleting a Mac OS X app leaves its shortcut in the Launchpad?

Whenever I delete an app from the Applications folder, its shortcut stays in the Launchpad. In order to delete it, I have to click on it (a question mark appears), and then drag to the trash can. Is ...
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How do I pause a download in the Launchpad in OS X Lion?

I started downloading XCode on my 10 mbit/s but it is 4 GB and I want to pause it for a while.
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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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How do I get Launchpad to see apps on an external disk?

I have a large Firewire disk permanently plugged into my Mac mini. Whenever possible, this external disk is where I install any new apps. How do I get these apps to show up in Launchpad?
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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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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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Using keyboard to launch app from folder in Launchpad (Yosemite)

I have a mid-2013 13" MacBook Air and I like to use the keyboard whenever possible as opposed to clicking. In Mavericks I could open Launchpad (Fn-F4 in my case), navigate to a folder using the arrow ...
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Prevent Duplicate items in Launchpad from mounted partition

I have a MacBook Pro with Snow Leopard. I partitioned the HD, installed Lion on the new partition and used Migration Assistant to copy settings and Applications. I now have duplicates for most ...
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The launchpad button does not appear in the dock?

Just bought a new Macbook Pro with lion, but the launchpad button is not in the dock and I can't find it anywhere on the computer. I thought it may be gone because when I started the computer I used a ...