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Questions tagged [launchpad]

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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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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How to create a dmg installer that adds a shortcut to the desktop or the launchpad

I have very limited knowledge of Mac OS and have a couple of questions related to DMG installers. We have an application that runs on Windows, Mac and Ubuntu. We generate our installers for all three ...
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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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How is Launchpad contents controlled?

Where is the Launchpad configured on Mac? I have removed an application but there is still a link to it in launchpad - when I click this I get this: Note also the link in launchpad isn't named ...
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Why hasn't an installed application appeared in Launchpad?

I installed our application on my Mac and it appeared in Launchpad. Later, I installed a newer version and chose "keep both versions" - both appeared in Launchpad. Even later I installed an even ...
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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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How to correctly hide app icon from Launchpad via Terminal?

I have Launchpad with database just reset and I want to remove from it the iBooks icon. Getting database path using... echo $(find /private/var/folders -user $(id -u) -name com.apple.dock.launchpad ...
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Default apps constantly being reset [duplicate]

My computer running El Capitan (10.11.6) keeps resetting the apps used to open particular file extensions. For instance, it randomly sets PDFs to open with Acrobat Reader instead of Preview no matter ...
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Chromium in Launchpad but not in Applications

I recently installed uTorrent on High Sierra but wasn't thinking and installed the Yahoo thing. The uTorrent installer says "Opera", but I ended up with a Chromium icon in my Launchpad. The problem is ...
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Is there a way to reveal an item in the Finder from Launchpad?

Sometimes I will see something that does not really belong in Launchpad—a readme, for instance—and I'd like to see it to move it. Sure, I can close Launchpad, open the Applications folder, and hunt ...
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How to uninstall not App Store apps using Launchpad?

Is it possible to make any changes to macOS through the Terminal or in another way, so that Launchpad allows simple uninstalling application files, downloaded not via the App Store?
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Endnote app icon persists in Macbook launchpad after deleting all files

Please help with the above. I uninstalled the files but the icon won't go away! I tried the terminal, went into Applications and I can see both "EndNote Cite While You Write" and "EndNote X8" (without ...
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Why I cannot use the expose and launchpad from the touch bar?

Here is an image of the touch bar layout I normally connect my MBP to two external monitors. When I try to use the expose and launchpad (The third and forth icons from the left) from the touch bar, ...
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Fake Chromium showing on launchpad and won't uninstall

My colleague has noticed there is a Chromium icon on their launchpad screen but it's not possible to remove it. We've tried dragging it to the Trash but nothing happens. There is no app listing in /...
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How to reset Launchpad order in macOS High Sierra?

I'm not sure how to reset my Launchpad so my apps are in alphabetical order on macOS High Sierra. I've tried running defaults write com.apple.dock ResetLaunchPad -bool TRUE; killAll Dock; which ...
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pkgbuild productbuild requires admin privilege during pkg installation

I am trying to build a Mac application using xcode for use in OS version 10.8 and above. I've created the product archive(.pkg file) using pkgbuild and productbuild commands. My main goal is to ...
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Can I customize the launchpad grid?

my launchpad feels congested. each screen displays 35 icons made up of 5 rows and 7 columns. i would like to have more space and wanted to try a 4x6 grid instead. I tried looking in system ...
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Removing Advanced MacCleaner Icon from Lauchpad [duplicate]

Had problem with "Advanced Mac Cleaner". After some effort, and plenty of time, I think I have found and removed all files concerning this malware. My only apparent remaining problem is that the ...
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How can I add a web link to Launchpad?

I would like to have my web apps show in Launchpad. Is there a way to do this? I search for something like this but only found one solution, and this is a program not available in the App Store. I ...
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How to add a shortcut to open a new finder window to the Launchpad or dock

What I want: A one-click action in the dock or launchpad that opens the downloads folder in a new finder window. Note: the Downloads "fan" thing that is in the left side area of the dock is not what ...
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Pages icon is shown twice on Launchpad - One icon works, the second one loads

I just have installed Pages on my macOS Sierra Macbook Pro. For some reason, this is what I see on the Launchpad: The regular icon works, but the one who has the loading bar doesn't work. I'm able to ...
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Cannot open or update iPhoto

I bought a used Macbook Pro running macOS Sierra. It came after the previous owners reset it and installed the iLife pack (iPhoto, iMovie and GarageBand). I couldn't use those apps since it came with ...
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Why won't Launchpad create a .db file? Restarts reset Launchpad

Launchpad will not create a .db file in ~/Library/Application Support/Dock to save the state of Launchpad. It always resets to default upon restart. I have tried many terminal commands, the most ...
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How to remove blank icon from launchpad after uninstall app?

I have uninstalled an app from Finder->Applications. But in launchpad, icon of the app still exists. How to remove it? I've tried to restart Mac, no luck. Screenshot:
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My Dock and Launchpad appear to have died

So around last month my dock decided to make my notification badges blue and very large. I have no clue why. I’ve tried resetting the preferences, restoring them from time machine, restoring Dock.app ...
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Launchpad keeps rearrarining icons

Every time I reboot my Mac running macOS Sierra I lose my Launchpad layout. I’ve tried different apps, tried removing some preferences. All of the apps are reset to their default position. Anyone ...
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Having keystroke issues with macOS Sierra on two different Macs

I'm having a series of problem with my macOS Sierra 10.12.1 every once in a while after a random period of normal operation. The series of problems include: My 3rd-party Chinese input methods (Sogou &...
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Launchpad folders showing icons within as blank squares with dashed lines

There's a peculiar thing happening in my launchpad. On opening it up anytime in general, all the folders show no icons in them but blank squares drawn using dashed lines, the icons don't come back ...
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Launchpad fails to show app icons contained in folders

Randomly, my Launchpad is failing to show app icons contained in folders. Is there a way to fix it?
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How to remove duplicate icons from Launchpad?

I have two identical Xcode icons in the Launchpad. I guess the second icon appeared after installing Xcode beta. So here my steps for reproducing this issue: Install Xcode 7. Install Xcode 8. ...
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How to open more than one app at a time in launchpad?

Is there a way to open more than one app at a time in launchpad before it fades away? I've tried holding down command, option, control, & shift in different configurations while clicking an app, ...
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Alias of app not showing up in launchpad

I downloaded this application (code composer studio from TI) and installed it and two applications showed up inside a folder called "TI (other)", one application called eclipse and another called "...
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How can I create an alias for Finder in OS X El Capitan?

I want to add a Finder shortcut to my Launchpad, but I am unable to do it. Is there any way to create an alias for Finder in OS X El Capitan?
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Mac Launchpad icon jumps up

I am running OS X El Capitan version 10.11.5 on a Macbook Air. Recently, on two occasions, I saw the Launchpad icon in the Dock jumping up and down a few times and then it stopped. On that moment I ...
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Delete an app from the Launchpad

I was looking on my Mac's Launchpad today and saw a few apps that I'd like to clean out. I can't find some of them in the Applications directory, and the standard method of clicking and holding down,...
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Where does launchpad store folder information? (database, etc?)

So i've been searching around and trying to figure this out but can't seem to. I know that the launchpad SQLite db is stored at ~/Library/Application Support/Dock/some-uuid.db (ref), but as best I ...
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How to turn off Launchpad transparent

My MacBook, with Retina Display, has problems with smooth animations. How can I turn off the transparency (and blur) in Launchpad on OS X El Capitan? Also I'd like to turn off animation when I open ...
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application trouble

I recently downloaded frost wire to my macbook air laptop. The application shows up on the desktop but I don't want it there. My question is how so I put the application in launchpad?
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Delete apps from Launchpad or from Finder?

Is there an advantage to delete apps from Launchpad (Hold one app like in iOS) vs from finder? And why some apps cannot be deleted from Launchpad?
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Folder cannot be deleted from the Launchpad and is not displayed in Finder

I have installed a wrong version of Anaconda from python 2.7 on OS X 10.11.1 and to remove it, I deleted its files from the Finder. Now Launchpad is confused and the Anaconda folder is still there, ...
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URL for Omnifocus Context

I would like to use a URL in Launch Pad Pro to open the "Home" context in OmniFocus whenever I get home. I know to get to a perspective you use: omnifocus:///perspective/PerspectiveName But I've ...
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Set meta/command/⌘ key as Launchpad shortcut?

I would like to set the command key ⌘ as the shortcut to open Launchpad, is that possible? I've tried in the System Preferences, but it won't let me.
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OSX App's Icon stuck on my screen

I just tried to open Spotify's app through the OSX LaunchPad, and when I clicked on the icon, it is stuck on my screen. I've attached some screenshots to show you. I don't know how to get it down. No ...
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OS X unable to update outdated app icon in Launchpad

I have an app which is installed in OS X. It needs a certain software patch currently to make it run successfully in the latest OS, and we are sending the patch as a standalone separate app, which ...
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OpenOffice multiple launcher in launchpad/dock

I recently installed the OpenOffice 4 on my Mac and I use it also on Linux (CentOS 6.5 / Gnome2). On Linux, after the installation, I got a specific shortcut (launcher) for every Office application (...
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Is it possible to reset launchpad layout?

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 ...
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Microsoft RDP Crash on launch

I work for a primarily Microsoft based IT support company, anyway today a Mac user asked me to setup RDP which I wouldn't normally have any issues with but I got onto the Mac and installed the latest ...