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 does it mean?

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Wiggle is the edit mode. (so you can delete or uninstall the apps that came from the app store)

Holding alt is the quickest way to enter edit mode.

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    What is "edit mode" then? I can reorder the apps even while nothing wiggles. Is it something else? Commented Aug 2, 2011 at 14:28
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    I'll clarify the answer - it makes it so you can delete apps from the app store - i was wrong to say reorder. iOS has trained me to think you can only reorder icons in edit mode - but that's not so on the Mac Launchpad. Confusingly (to me), you can even launch an app in edit mode.
    – bmike
    Commented Aug 2, 2011 at 14:39

If you click and hold them they also start wiggling. It lets you drag them around, to re-arrange them, and also delete apps from the Mac App Store.

  • Holding also wiggles—true. But I can drag them and rearrange them even when they're not wiggling; hence I presume that wiggling doesn't mean just draggability. Commented Aug 2, 2011 at 14:16

When they are wiggling you can rearrange them AND delete/remove apps that you yourself have downloaded. System apps (like iOS) cannot be deleted.

  • System apps and non-Appstore apps, it seems. Would the Appstore apps wiggle too if I had them or would they stand still? Commented Aug 2, 2011 at 14:32

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