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Launchpad is a feature introduced in Mac OS X Lion based on the iOS springboard. A collection of application icons and folders is accessed either by clicking an icon in the dock or by pressing a specific key on newer Macs/Apple Keyboards. Applications can be launched with a click.

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Launchpad keeps moving my apps around every time a new app is installed

What it says on the tin. I have my apps organised in folders in Launchpad. However, whenever a new app is installed most of the stuff in the last folder gets put in a new folder, which Launch Pad ...
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How can I limit Launchpad to Applications directory

Is there a way to limit Launchpad to show applications only from Applications folder? My launchpad is a mess, I have applications from Python packages which doesn't make sense to appear on Launchpad.
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Can you add Wine aliases to the launchpad?

Is it possible to add non .app files to the launchpad/dock? I am trying to add a few Wine aliases but so far I've been unsuccessful.
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My launchpad now resets spontaneously

After following the procedure given in https://apple.stackexchange.com/a/232678/331833, my launchpad spontaneously resets itself! defaults -currentHost write com.apple.dock ResetLaunchPad -bool true; ...
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After macOS updated to Ventura 13.3, these numbers are showing up in app launcher

Serial numbers have started showing in the app launcher after the Mac OS update. How can these numbers be removed, so back to normal view.
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How do I resolve a spurious "No suitable Java version found" message?

Usually, when I a terminal session on an IBM Midrange box, I use a Java-based TN5250 emulator I designed and helped write (but which, alas, is not available to the public except as part of another ...
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Two copies of iMovie app: can't get rid of the one "Installing" from the LaunchPad (other working from Finder)

I have the following situation: In application Folder LaunchPad (stuck here ever since) I found similar problems, such as: iMovie update stuck with phantom app Mac App Store update stuck (...
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How to assign a keyboard shortcut to just the Command key on Mac OS

Coming from linux (KDE) I was able to assign a keyboard shortcut to the meta key. I'm wondering if it's possible to do something similar with the Command key on macOS? I would like to open launchpad ...
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PS button on DualSense controller forces opening launchpad on Ventura

Whenever I press the PS button on my DualSense controller, it opens up the LaunchPad app, which means I can't use it to open up things like Steam settings. Apparently, on previous versions, there ...
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I removed Launchpad from dock by mistake, what's the fastest way to bring it back?

I'm new to OSX, so while clearing out multitude of icons that my Macbook Pro came with, I mistakingly removed Launchpad from the dock! After watching a few tutorials, I realize I actually need it for ...
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Apple Magic Keyboard four key [4, r, f, v] problem

I use MacBook Pro M1 chip 2020 model 16GB RAM, 256 SSD with an Apple magic keyboard [Model - A1644 EMC 2815]. The problem is, whenever I typed first time 4, r, f, v or 4, F, R, V it redirect me to ...
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Starting an Application via LaunchPad vs. starting via Alias from Console

Mac Mini Monterey: I have defined an Alias "jedit" to jEdit.app. If I start "jedit" from the commandline, jEdit starts and allows to edit all of my files. If I start jEdit by ...
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how do i delete apps from the Launcher on Mac Monterey?

Clicking on the icon until it wiggles does not allow me to drag it to the Trash.
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Pressing the "Opt" key to show Lauchpad

In KDE Plasma I was able to press the Win key and the overview menu has been shown with my apps, favorites, recent, etc. I would like a similar behavior for my Mac - just because of the muscle memory. ...
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How do I add Wireless Diagnostics to Launchpad?

In macOS, if I Option+Click the wireless network icon on the top right of the screen, there is a button for "Open Wireless Diagnostics...". I find this tool quite useful, not useful enough ...
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How to reset Launchpad shortcut after it stopped working?

For years, I have used Alt+Space as a keyboard shortcut to open Launchpad. Today, I switched to a new MacBook (clean installation, no imported settings or anything) and one of the first things I did ...
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How to bind Cmd+Space to Launchpad

I'd like to bind Cmd+Space to open Launchpad because I can't remove web suggestions from Spotlight. In Preferences > Keyboard > Shortcuts, I've unchecked the box next to the Spotlight shortcut ...
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App doesn't appear in Launchpad

I use Avidemux, which is a great lightweight app for simple video edits. I recently upgraded to version 2.8.0, and around the same time upgraded MacOS to Monterey 12.1. Suddenly, Avidemux is no longer ...
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Standard (non-admin) user on macOS can remove applications installed by admin

I experienced this issue on macOS Monterey 12.1 & 12.2. I don't know if older macOS versions have the same behavior. The issue is that the app installed from App Store under admin account can be ...
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Does macOS Monterey automatically install apps to folders?

When installing a Sudoku app from the App Store, I went to check the install progress in Launchpad only to find it was automatically installing the app in a folder I had created in Launchpad called ...
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Mac App Store Xcode download stuck at "Installing"

I've pressed the "Update" button in the Mac App Store to install a new version of Xcode. The Mac App Store itself shows no visible download progress or error messages, but the circle is ...
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App Store app icon is duplicated in Launchpad

Somehow, Apple's App Store app icons are duplicated in the Launchpad on my MacBook Pro running macOS 11.5 (Big Sur). Since this is a system-level application, I cannot delete one of these redundant ...
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I install apps on OS X 10.9.5, Then They Disappear

I have a problem with my iMac 🖥 where I install an app from the App Store, it says it’s installed, but then I check the Launchpad and the app is not there. Some important details you may need to help ...
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my Launchbad broken after installing cDock

I am using MacOS Big Sur 11.3 Beta (20E5217a) after installing cDock and putting into Apps folder and then running it, my LaunchPad turned to like the image below it only contains 4 items on each page ...
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Disable f4 key for Launchpad

I would like to reassign my F4 button on my mac magic keyboard to something else. Unfortunately, when I try to reassign it, it opens Launch Pad. Here's my keyboard Shortcuts panel... I'm able to ...
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How to organize Launchpad apps with the command line?

Is there any way to change the order, create folders, and put apps in folder in macOS Launchpad from command line. I'm trying to automate a macOS clean install, and it's time consuming to reorder ...
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macOS Big Sur can't remove ghost icon from deleted application

I've deleted TextMate and its alias from Launchpad and Library - still have a "ghost" icon showing in all windows (see screenshot). When I enter Launchpad that ghost icon (in last screen) ...
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If I duplicate an app in /Applications, how can I differentiate it to where both apps show in Launchpad?

I have run cp -R /Applications/example1.app /Applications/example2.app yet only example1.app shows in Launchpad. I can see it in Finder as two different apps but not in Launchpad. Do I need to edit ...
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F11 key doesn't work for "Show launchpad", no idea why

I am trying to set F11 as a key for opening Launchpad (I have a Mac with Magic Keyboard, and I never use F11 and F12 (I use F1-F10 for Unix utilities) - so I want to map one for Launchpad and another ...
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Struggling to troubleshoot permanently crashing Dock, Mission Control, Launchbar

Background: I need help troubleshooting this very bizarre bug that I can't figure out. This is on macOS 10.15.6 (before and after the most recent supplementary update) on a 2020 16" MBP. The only ...
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Can't find a way to place an app in Launchpad

I've dragged the app into both Applications folders. I've tried to drag it onto the Launchpad icon in the Dock. But that didn't do anything. The only thing that worked was making an alias and then ...
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Is it possible to automatically show apps which are installed to "~/Applications" in the system's "Applications" folder?

Some applications are not installed to the usual root "Applications" folder, but to the one inside the user's home directory. They then don't show up when I click on the Applications folder icon in ...
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Applications from a different user folder appearing in Launchpad

I have an iMac with two different user accounts on it, each with their own Applications folder within the user folder, in addition of course to the system-wide Applications folder. I had a group of ...
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Make Launchpad Appear on screen with mouse

If that's not possible, then a way to trigger the Dock on the screen with mouse without moving my cursor to the bottom of the screen is also an acceptable solution (I know that the launchpad appears ...
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Reset the Launchpad to fix the ordering in macOS Catalina

When I was using Yosemite in my old mac, I can simply use defaults write com.apple.dock ResetLaunchPad -bool true; killall Dock to fix the ordering of apps but it is not working in macOS Catalina 10....
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Inconsistent app update sizes in App Store and Launchpad

I saw there was an update for Xcode in the App Store that said the update size was 7.8GB. However, when I was updating the app, Launchpad said the update size was 3.59GB. What is the actual update ...
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Colorful pixels overlaying launchpad icons

Recently, when my external LG monitor is connected via Thunderbolt 3, a few apps in the launchpad are overlaid by some weird, colorful pixels. A restart often helps, but after some time this issue ...
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How can I click on Launchpad and make it to behave like secondary click performed?

I dislike the big eye-candy icons that I see after clicking the Launchpad icon on the dock. However I like the menu that I see after a secondary click on Launchpad. How can I make the click/tap on the ...
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macOS launchpad icons became blurry

macOS launchpad icons became blurry as compared to those in the dock. See System Preferences for example. Resolution has become really low. I don't why. What could be the reason for the same?
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How to make the Feedback Assistant app visible in the Launchpad?

I can open the Feedback assistant app from the path /System/Library/CoreServices/Applications/Feedback Assistant.app but it is not visible in the Launchpad in Mojave 10.14.6 . How do I make it ...
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Is there a programmatic way to save and re-create launchpad groups in Mojave?

I have to switch machines from time to time. I keep a dotfiles that's pretty elaborate, as part of this routine. I'd also like to make my launchpad folders be portable. I'm fine with solution that ...
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Show an installed app's icon in Launchpad

I recently installed an app called NetLogo. I installed it via Homebrew Cask by running: brew cask install netlogo The app installation created a folder in /Applications directory. It comes with 5 ....
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Why is Launchpad laggy when using a scaled resolution?

I bought a 32" 4k display and when I use the 4k resolution on it, everything is too small. This is why I use something in between 2k and 4k, but that resolution is not native apparently, and Launchpad ...
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How to remove default open application

I have downloaded file darwin_amd64 and occasionally chosen Text Edit as its default application. Now I cannot install it cause it always opens as text file.
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F4 will not show Dashboard

I just got a brand new Apple space grey wireless keyboard. Everything is great except that F4 stopped working to launch Dashboard. Instead, F4 launches Launchpad, something I don't use at all. I have ...
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Folders disappearing from Launchpad

I have a problem with Launchpad in macOS Mojave 10.14. It was already present in previous versions of macOS. Sometimes I start my Mac and I find the Launchpad completely messy. All of the folders ...
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Cannot pause downloading mojave from launchpad

Today I started to download macOS Mojave from app store and it appeared in launchpad as usual. When I tried to pause the download by clicking on the downloading icon, it won't pause. I can only delete ...
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How to remove an icon from Launchpad without removing it from Applications?

I have an older app with icon in Launchpad and now the updated app has a new icon also in the Launchpad. I want to remove the old icon from Launchpad, so I don't click it by mistake. But I still want ...
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How do I fix Launchpad not saving icon order settings?

I'm on High Sierra 10.13.6, and Launchpad is not saving my icon order when I log out. Only happens on my account, it works fine for other users in the same machine. Some webpages say I should delete ...
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My Launchpad doesn't create a db file and keeps resetting its layout

Whenever I move around icons in Launchpad, then log out and back in, the layout resets to factory defaults. And for some reason, Launchpad doesn't create it's db file. Why?
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