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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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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 ...
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How to remove “Google Search” icon in Launchpad permanently?

Recently, I find this icon "Google Search" appears in my launchpad, I searched online and located this app in this "Chrome Apps" folder, deleted it. However, it appeared again the second day. This is ...
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Issue with my launchpad on MBP Retina 13"

I've got one annoying problem with my launchpad icon. Today i was downloading xcode and i stopped it over the time, because it was already installed in the finder. Can I reset the launchpad over my ...
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An app downloaded from the Mac App Store re-installs itself after I delete it. How can I remove it permanently?

The app in question is iCare by Chen Yuhua. I have tried uninstalling the proper way through launchpad and also manually by removing all files and system files that are returned by Searching "iCare" ...
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How to sort apps in Launchpad view?

I'm looking for a quick/easy way to organize my apps in Launchpad view. I know of the drag & drop method, but I would like to be able to sort by date, name, etc. Is there a way to do that?
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Apps disappearing from launchpad?

Looking at this image: You will see a blank space at the bottom. That's actually a disappearing app. Next to it you can see a folder that is missing the icon. Next to that you will notice a folder ...
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How to create a .app folder from an executable .jar?

Just this. I have an executable jar that I'd like to create a .app folder for. Mainly just because I'd like it to be pinnable to the dock. Is there any easy way to do this? Edit: Really what I'm ...
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How to remove shortcuts from Launchpad installed by Windows through Parallels 10?

I installed Java in Windows 8.1 through Parallels Desktop 10 and got ugly Java shortcuts in my Launchpad. I tried to launch "Java configuration tool" right click then remove from Launchpad, but it's ...
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How can I add an Automator application to the Dock?

I followed the directions in How to put a custom launcher in the Dock (Mavericks) but my case has a different twist. I have an Automator application which runs a shell script that (1) changes the ...
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How to delete Google apps from my launchpad?

After I have downloaded Google Chrome because my Safari wasn't finding servers, multiple google apps appeared on my launchpad that I can't delete. I uploaded a picture so you understand what I'm ...
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Change folder name on launchpad?

I'm rearranging my launchpad and I can't seem to figure out how to change the name of one of my folders with the yosemite update.
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Where did these creepy google/gmail icons come from?

I just noticed them, I suspect/hope Chrome somehow placed them there, they are not removable by normal methods, they only open Chrome when clicked and nothing else Google is getting pretty creepy, ...
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How do I remove icon from the launchpad if I already moved app to trash

So, I had an app, and removed it (moved to trash) Now, I can see its icon in launchpad (when I click it says "You can't open the application "Name" because it is in the trash.). With only button OK. ...
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How to remove icon from Launchpad forcefully

I updated GIMP from MacUpdates since then I got two Gimp icons in Launchpad. I also deleted the Gimp.app from finder but now i get this question mark on the gimp icon in Launchpad. How to completely ...
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How to remove an empty group in Launchpad

I installed Google IME and uninstalled it. Then, as shown in the image below, an empty group is left in Launchpad. (I think it should have been removed automatically when the group became empty.) How ...
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What does the blue point before app name in lauchpad mean? [duplicate]

As the arrows point, the little blue points before Evernote and MS OneNote.
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How to remove chrome app icons from launchpad?

I uninstalled Google chrome by deleting it from the Applications folder and I also deleted the associated profile data from ~/Library/Application Support/Google/Chrome But I have failed to remove all ...
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How can Launchpad be configured to keep layout after reboot? [duplicate]

I updated to Yosemite. I organized my launchpad but when I turned my laptop on after shutting it down, my apps weren't grouped together like I did before. What do I need to do to keep the layout I ...
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How to remap F4 to Dashboard or Notifications on a MacBook Pro in Yosemite?

I had this working fine in Tiger thru Mavericks, but it broke in Yosemite. Pressing F4 now launches Launchpad, and only fnF4 triggers Dashboard. Launchpad is useless compared to Spotlight or even ...
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Two versions of the same app in Launchpad

How can I have two versions of the same app listed in Launchpad? For example, I have both Processing 1.5 and Processing 2.0 installed. Only one shows up at once - is it possible to have both?
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How to add a libreoffice launcher for writer?

I have libreoffice 4.3.4.1 on OS X 10.10, it only has one libreoffice launcher in spotlight/launchpad. Is it possible to add launchers for subprograms like writer, calc, impress, draw... ?
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Use Launchpad while downloading from AppStore

I am just getting set up with my first mac. The current annoyance is that I am downloading xcode from AppStore (2.5 GB!!), and every app in the Launchpad is hidden - there is just the downloading ...
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How to hide an app from the Launchpad?

Is there any way to hide an app from the Launchpad in Yosemite? I don't want to delete it or something like that I just want to hide apps that I don't use frequently, and I have a lot of them, putting ...
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Launchpad occasionally stalls for few minutes

This is happening occasionally and I can't nail the source. What happens is that sometimes after my Mac wakes up from a sleep, I can not launch any apps using Launchpad. I can click the launchpad icon,...
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Can't figure out how to correctly install .app

I downloaded a dmg which apparently OS X mounted as a drive or something. Then I googled around to find out I should ctrl+clicked -> open the program and get past the warning messages. I closed the ...
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Using keyboard to launch app from folder in Launchpad (Yosemite)

I have a mid-2013 13" MacBook Air and I like to use the keyboard whenever possible as opposed to clicking. In Mavericks I could open Launchpad (Fn-F4 in my case), navigate to a folder using the arrow ...
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Will App Store programs download when I'm on a different user than the one that started?

I'm using Mac OS X 10.7.5, and I'd like to know this. I started the download for OS X Yosemite yesterday on User A, accidentally - I was going to start it on User B (me). Now, I didn't notice this ...
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OS X Yosemite Xcode update stuck on 'Waiting'

I recently downloaded Yosemite, and I'm trying to update my Xcode. I hit 'Update' in the App Store, and but it's been stuck at 'Waiting' for the past 30 minutes. What can I do to fix this?
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Change the background effect in Launchpad on Yosemite

In Mavericks I learned that the keyboard combination control+option+command+B would allow the user to cycle through the various background effects (blur, no blur, black and white, etc.). However, this ...
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LaunchPad totally disorganised after reboot OS X Yosemite

Running Yosemite 10.0 with a clean erase and install, when I reboot, all my launchpad apps are totally disorganised, folders and un-official apps disappears... After reorganizing the layout twice, I ...
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Yosemite: replace desktop with Launchpad

Is there any way to replace the desktop with launchpad? I would like to do this thing at this point Kind of gives me the feeling of coming full circle, but ultimately my desktop is just an ...
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New users can't see Apple applications from Utilities folder in Launchpad

I felt like giving my mess of Launchpad icons a fresh start. So I did defaults write com.apple.dock ResetLaunchPad -bool true && killall Dock On checking Launchpad, it had appeared to have ...
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How can I remove the launchpad?

I don't use the launchpad, especially as it has a lot of useless apps in there that you can't delete either. For things like the dock and the dashboard I found guides online on how to remove them, but ...
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How to remove an icon from launchpad that does not appear in the Finder?

I have moved an installer into the launchpad (uTorrent-Installer). The problem is that I would like to remove it now but as it is an installer it doesn't appear in "Applications" in the Finder. I can'...
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How might I make a shortcut for switching my macbook into airplay screensharing mode with my apple tv?

Now that Apple TV shares synchronized audio&video from my Macbook without any limitations or constraints (seamlessly), it seems pretty common sense that there might be a (Launcher or topbar) ...
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Which apps are shown in launchpad? (how to flag them?) - Mavericks

Since Mavericks I think, launchpad decides on it's own which apps should be shown in. For example, the uninstaller apps of the adobe apps are hidden by default in Mavericks. In Mountain Lion they were ...
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Launchpad Issue

So I was cleaning up my launchpad since Adobe installs a lot of minor applications and I wanted to have them all in one folder. Then I moved all of those Adobe applications to a new folder but the old ...
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How to remove launchpad icon of broken application

I installed gimp from macports and uninstalled it (port uninstall gimp) when I found its not well maintained as gimp released its native mac build. But the gimp icon in launchpad didn't go away. How ...
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What's up with “paused” applications in Launchpad?

When I activate Launch on both my Mavericks and Mountain Lion systems, a few of the application icons are (seemingly permanently) greyed out and marked "Paused" with an empty progress bar. It isn't ...
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How can I remove a non-MAS app from Launchpad without uninstalling?

I have a non App Store app installed so the 'X' does not appear when I hold down the icon. I don't want to uninstall the app, just remove it only from Launchpad. It's OS X Mavericks
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Is it possible to reassign the “Pinch with thumb and three fingers” gesture to activate Dashboard instead of Launchpad?

I don't really have a use for Launchpad, but the gesture to me makes sense for Dashboard. I experimented a little with BetterTouchTool, but it doesn't have the gesture available, and I'm not sure it ...
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Where are my all installed programs?

I am new to Mac OS X and till the time I was using Windows 7/8. I tried to download and install programs in Mac OS X, but I do not see them in Launchpad. Where are all my programs are going. Secondly,...
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Delete an app completely (special case) and question regarding empty trash

I downloaded a game and deleted it by just Holding it for few second and click x on the launchpad, because I can still see it occupies 20 GB in my hard disk which is truly annoying. Does it mean it ...
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Why is my Launchpad missing app icons?

Sometimes my Launchpad just look like this without any app icons. What causes this problem and how can I solve it? I am using 2011 11″ MacBook Air with OS X 10.9.1
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Launchpad Search Field not working - cannot type

The launchpad search field suddenly no longer accepts text input for me. Any idea how to get this to accept text again? Searching for an app was so very useful.
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How do i disable launchpad animation on mac?

I want to disable the animation when I open Launchpad on a Mac. Is there any way? I somehow lag out when using Launchpad, is there any fix to it?
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Numbers has stopped showing up in Launchpad

Numbers has stopped showing up in Launchpad. How can I add it back?
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Hide the dock in Mission Control and Launchpad?

I am really fed up with the Mac OS Dock showing in Mission Control and especially Launchpad. Is there any way at all (even if I have to program it myself) to hide it in Mission Control and Launchpad ...