Every time I press a key on the keyboard it is automatically copied to the search field in the Launchpad. How can I stop this? enter image description here

OS: mac os 14.5

  • Is this happening in the Finder? What app are you using? (You have 19 apps open as shown in the Dock.) Which Search field (there are many throughout macOS)? What version of macOS? There's so much missing information in your question it is impossible to help!
    – IconDaemon
    Commented Jun 1 at 13:57
  • @IconDaemon It does not matter which app is open. It happens with every stroke. mac os 14.5
    – xXx
    Commented Jun 1 at 14:09
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    if you try killing the dock, does that clear things up?
    – ErniePC12
    Commented Jun 1 at 14:15
  • So, you have Pages open with an empty document, press a letter key, and instead of having the letter being shown in the document, LaunchPad opens?
    – nohillside
    Commented Jun 1 at 14:35
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    killall Dock solved the problem thank you
    – xXx
    Commented Jun 1 at 14:53

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The Launchpad is apart of the Dock. Sometimes it acts up. In this case, if you kill the Dock in Terminal or in Activity Monitor, it will restart and resolve this issue.

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