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 none for launchpad. Is it possible to remove launchpad completely (on OS X 10.9.4)?
It is not possible to remove it but you can disable it.
In order to do so you need to:
Go into System Preferences then under Trackpad and More Gestures you can disable pinch to launchpad
Remove it from the dock
Use FunctionFlip to reassign the F4 key to something else
It should not be removed since it is a part of the OS.
At best you can completely empty it and remove from Dock.
There is a way to empty Launchpad completely—removing even Apple's own apps. The crux of this trick is wiping out the contents of the database Lion uses to know what goes where in Launchpad. To do so, launch Terminal (which, as always, is in /Applications/Utilities) and paste in this sequence of commands at the command line:
sqlite3 ~/Library/Application\ Support/Dock/*.db "DELETE from apps; DELETE from groups WHERE title<>''; DELETE from items WHERE rowid>2;"; Killall Dock
Please do not be tempted to use the brute force Terminal command like the
rm , since it can produce undesired results (more problems then gain) Specialy the rm- rf is dangerous (the f) would ignore any warnings and just irreversibly delete the file. As you can see there is a Warning about "do not delete" as it is required by your OS.
Exactly what do you want to do? You can remove Launchpad from the Dock. Pick it up with your Mouse, and pul it off until it disappears in a puff of smoke.
You can also go into System Preferences, and go into the Trackpad Preferences (second row), select More Gestures on the top bar, and deselect Launch Pad by removing the checkbox. This way, you don't get into LauchPad via the pinch gesture.
You can't completely remove LaunchPad since it is system software and not a normal app, but you're not forced to use it. However, you remove it from the Dock and the pinch gesture should pretty much eliminate its use.
The Launchpad application link can be removed using the Terminal tool
rm -rf, but this is highly inadvisable, and it will not remove the Launchpad system service, just the Application link.
If you wish to proceed anyway, here are instructions:
- Open Terminal under a user account with administrative privileges. Terminal is located in the Utilities folder of folder Applications of startup disk (usually named Macintosh HD)
- Enter the following command:
sudo rm -rf /Applications/Launchpad.app
- You'll be prompted to enter your password, enter it (it won't appear on-screen at all, like nothing's happening, but it's working nevertheless)
- If you're definitely sure you want to remove Launchpad.app, then press Enter.
Launchpad will no longer be in the Applications directory, and the Launchpad icon in the Dock will display a question mark when you attempt to instigate Launchpad.
To discard the Dock icon, drag the Launchpad icon to the Trash (bin on the far right of the dock)