Macos Launchpad

Launchpad as seen in OS X El Capitan.
Operating systemmacOS
TypeApplication launcher

Launchpad is an application launcher for macOS introduced in Mac OS X Lion. Launchpad is designed to resemble the SpringBoard interface in iOS. The user starts an application by single-clicking its icon. Launchpad provides an alternative way to start applications in macOS, in addition to other options such as the Dock (toolbar launcher), Finder (file manager), Spotlight (desktop search) or Terminal (command-line interface).[1]


Launchpad is populated with icons corresponding to the applications found in the /Applicationsfolder as well as in the ~/Applications, that is, in a folder named 'Applications' in user's home directory, and in any subfolders within the two above folders.[1] The user can add application icons to Launchpad. The user can also remove an application's icon, but the application itself might not be deleted if it was not originally downloaded from the Mac App Store. Apps can be arranged in named folders much like iOS. The user can then remove apps downloaded from the Mac App Store. In Mac OS X Lion, Launchpad had eight icons per row; this was changed[why?] in OS X Mountain Lion to seven icons per row.[citation needed]However, with proper root permission, by adjusting some settings users can change the number of icon rows and columns in launchpad.[2]

Launchpad also allows you to see apps currently downloading from the Mac App Store, and you can delete apps from it should you choose to do so. Using LaunchPad. You can open Launchpad on OS X using the icon in your Dock; if you can’t find it there, you can also launch it from the Applications folder. Launchpad is an essential part of the macOS desktop, and is a quick and easy way to access applications installed on your Mac. Here's how to get the most out of the feature.

Since Mac OS X Lion, the function key F4 is a keyboard shortcut to Launchpad. If enabled, Apple's gesture recognition software interprets a thumb-and-three-finger pinch on a touchpad as a command to open Launchpad.[citation needed]

Remove Apps From Macos Launchpad

The ability to search applications was added in OS X Mountain Lion.[3]

In OS X Mavericks, Launchpad's background became a blurred version of the user's desktop background, and folders departed from the 'linen' texture underlay, replaced with a darker translucent background (part of the move away from skeuomorphism).[4]

In OS X Yosemite, folders in Launchpad now closely resemble those of iOS; rounded translucent squares with a 3x3 icon grid preview (of the contained applications) when closed, expanding into larger rectangular variants when opened. Furthermore, folders can now be paginated to accommodate more applications.[5]

In macOS Big Sur, the Launchpad icon changed to a 3x3 grid with icons of different colors, resembling apps. However, the usage of Launchpad remained the same.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ abSiracusa, John (July 20, 2011). 'Mac OS X 10.7 Lion: the Ars Technica review'. arstechnica.com. Retrieved August 23, 2018.
  2. ^'Change launchpad icon rows and columns to fit more icons'. TutPosts. May 23, 2015. Archived from the original on February 17, 2016. Retrieved February 13, 2016.
  3. ^'Use Launchpad Search to Quickly Open Apps in OS X'. OS X Daily. October 8, 2012. Retrieved March 4, 2013.
  4. ^'Launchpad folders are now semi-translucent in Mavericks'. Tips and tricks in Mavericks. Retrieved February 8, 2016.
  5. ^Viticci, Federico. 'OS X Yosemite: Tips, Tricks, and Details'. MacStories. Retrieved February 8, 2016.

External links[edit]

Macos Launchpad

Macos Launchpad Remove Icon

  • [1] Mac Basics: Launchpad is the fast way to find and open your apps at Apple.com
  • WinLaunch—Launchpad alternative for Windows

Macos Launchpad Shortcut

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