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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Trackpad gestures not working

Some of my macbook trackpad gestures are not working, such as open the launchpad using 4 fingers; show the desktop; and enlarge images using 2 finger pinch. I'm sure all of those functions are enabled ...
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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 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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How do I get Launchpad's incremental search to work again?

Launchpad's incremental search has stopped working for me. I've tried killing the Dock (Launchpad and window management is all part of the Dock) but Launchpad is still unresponsive to the keyboard. I ...
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How do I restore Dashboard widget list? (Launchpad-style adding)

When using a tutorial to clear Launchpad of its mess I had in /Applications, I accidentally cleared Dashboard's list of widgets when I click the (+) button to add downloaded widgets at the same time, ...
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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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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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How to Disable Blur in El Capitan Launchpad?

Is there a way to disable launchpad blur?
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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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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, ...