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 remove both of these icons?

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What is the cleanup step, here?


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[Worked] In Yosemite open Launchpad, hold down control key and click on icon you wish to remove. A question mark should appear over the icon. Just drag and drop to Trash.

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    This also works on Big Sur
    – Steven
    Commented Nov 26, 2020 at 7:54
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    This also works on Monterey. Commented Dec 28, 2022 at 11:15
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    In macOS 13 Ventura, you have to hold the Option key instead. They will wiggle and you can click the X. If I hold Control or Command and click, it just tries to launch the app. Commented Jan 13, 2023 at 21:59

In my occasion all the shortcuts had the question marks on it, so I didn't have a use of CTRL+Click (and it didn't work). However as @user310633 mentioned, the Kill command as below worked.

A screenshot of the icons with question marks in my situation

defaults write com.apple.dock ResetLaunchPad -bool true && killall Dock

PS: Sorry I had too create a new comment to add my experience as my reputation score on this forum doesn't let me answer on previous comments.

  • Caution: This will not only remove the question marks but also rebuild the whole launchpad and the original structure will not remain.
    – River
    Commented Feb 24, 2022 at 19:45

Worked exactly as indicated above. Hold control and click the offending icon and it will appear with a ? over it, drag it to the trash bin and it's gone. Works Even with problem icons that do not show up in finder, had ostensibly been deleted by appcleaner and did not show an X when jiggling mode entered.

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    Commented Oct 12, 2015 at 18:48
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    Let's leave this. It's clearly looking to add context to the brief accepted answer.
    – bmike
    Commented Oct 12, 2015 at 18:59
defaults write com.apple.dock ResetLaunchPad -bool true && killall Dock

If the unwanted icons stuck in Mac Launchpad come from an app installed and uninstalled on a "Windows" virtual machine, one way to remove them is to click Finder on the Mac screen, and then select Macintosh HD > Applications folder, and then trash the files with those unwanted icons.


on mac 11 When i long click on a app (like on the iPhone) it appear an mini x on the app when i clicked the app it ask me if i want to delete the app

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