I organize my 100+ apps in a very particular order, only to find out that a few days later they are completely out of order. Imagine your iPad or iPhone doing that - would be very annoying.

Is this a bug or can this "feature" be turned off?

  • Lion or Mountain Lion? this bug was supposed to have been fixed in Mountain Lion, the title says ML, but the post is tagged with both Lion and ML so I just want to clarify.
    – Stu Wilson
    Commented Sep 9, 2012 at 20:20
  • Also, if Mountain Lion indeed, did you upgrade from Lion or do a clean install?
    – Gerry
    Commented Sep 10, 2012 at 7:54
  • I have upgraded. Doing a clean install would be too time consuming, I barely found the time to do the upgrade. I wish the upgrade had fixed that issue. :/
    – antonpug
    Commented Sep 10, 2012 at 20:28

1 Answer 1


While from my experience this bug seems to be resolved since OS X Mountain Lion, it might be that your Launch Pad database already was corrupted when upgrading, and upgrading does not necessarily repair it.

You could try rebuilding your database and see if that resolves your problem, but please note that this will remove your current ordering and grouping of apps in Launchpad completely.

To remove/rebuild the database, you can execute this command from the Terminal:

rm ~/Library/Application\ Support/Dock/*.db; killall Dock

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