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My launchpad has become very cluttered overtime. I'm wondering if there is a function to reset launchpad like the iOS reset home screen layout feature. Let me know in the comments if you don't understand what I'm asking.

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To reset Launchpad to the default, delete the following file:

/Users/$USER/Library/Application Support/Dock/xxxxxxxx-xxxx-xxxx-xxxx-xxxxxxxxxxxx.db
  • Where "xxxx..." in the file name is an alphanumeric string.

And then run the following command in a Terminal:

 killall Dock

The Launchpad is now reset to the default and a new database (.db file) will be created with the default settings.

Note: If you want to examine the contents of the database you can use an app like Liya.

  • Does this remove all the app icons? I want to be perfectly clear before doing this :) – www139 Dec 4 '15 at 19:54
  • @www139, I've tested this on my own system and saw no adverse effects. One should not just delete a file without having a backup so as to be able to revert to the previous state if needed/wanted. As to "Does this remove all the app icons?", in what context are you referring to? I had my Launchpad set alphabetical using LaunchpadCleaner and when I manually removed the target file and killall Dock the Launchpad was reset to having the OS X default apps first as arranged upon first boot and everything I installed since came after the default apps. All icons still showed as I expected. – user3439894 Dec 5 '15 at 12:13
  • Great, that is what I was looking for :) – www139 Dec 5 '15 at 21:27

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