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 to System Preferences | Keyboard | Keyboard Shortcuts | Launchpad & Dock, but I cannot add any shortcut for the "Show Launchpad" checkbox that is there.

Has anyone figured out how to add a keyboard shortcut? I believe that would make Launchpad infinitely useful.

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    OS X Lion is 10.7, not 10.6.7
    – user6124
    Jul 21, 2011 at 4:07

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You can also set a shortcut of your choosing by adjusting Lion's built-in keyboard preferences. If you go to System Preferences --> Keyboard, one of the settings menus on the left side bar is for Launchpad & Dock.

Make sure the check box next to 'Show Launchpad' is selected, then double click to the right under the listed shortcut to turn dock hiding on/off. You'll see a data entry box selected, and you can then enter whatever shortcut you'd like.

  • As you may have saw in my question, I tried what you suggested. I could just never get that data entry box to come up. But I just tried it again, and it did. And it worked. Thanks! Jul 21, 2011 at 5:25
  • I tried that to set Launchpad to F8 and it worked until I rebooted. Now, it shows up Mission Control; I suppose it's a remnant of my Snow Leopard install that showed Spaces with F8. Any idea?
    – zneak
    Jul 21, 2011 at 18:31
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    I had the exact same problem – it's not obvious at all, but you have to double-click slightly to the left of where it says "none" for the current keyboard shortcut in order to get the entry box to come up. Double-clicking right on the word does nothing. Seems like a bug.
    – daGUY
    Sep 8, 2012 at 18:26
  • @daGUY: Yes...Thank you! I could never figure out how to set this shortcut! Clicking to the left of "none" did the trick. Ex: where to click
    – brandonjp
    Feb 24, 2013 at 1:14

I had the same problem. No matter where I clicked or how many times, the text box to enter the shortcut never opened. What did finally work was to click on "Restore Defaults." This must have cleared away some old setting that was preventing the change, because I was able to add the shortcut for Launchpad without any problem after that.


F4 is the standard shortcut for Launchpad for me - was like that automatically...

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    You have a newer computer; one that was released after Lion, so you have a dedicated key for it.
    – daviesgeek
    Jun 10, 2012 at 16:20
  • Yep, the F4 key was for Dashboard on pre-Lion machines (like mine).
    – daGUY
    Sep 8, 2012 at 18:27

Try apptivate and it's free to add shortcut for any app.

If you have a trackpad then you get another chance to do this with gesture, although i'm hurting my fingers to do so.

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