Using LaunchPad

The LaunchPad app is a quick way to launch applications on your Mac. You can use keyboard shortcuts and the search function to launch any app in seconds. You can also use LaunchPad to arrange your apps, group them, and even uninstall some apps. Learn for unusual tips and tricks for using LaunchPad.

Comments: 14 Responses to “Using LaunchPad”

    Shirley Allan
    6 years ago

    It is unclear what keys you are referring to to cycle through. Control+ Option + Command and the ? key. Played over and over. C? Z? Aha it is the B key!

      Bob
      6 years ago

      Shirley,
      It’s the “b” key.
      Have Fun.

    Brian O'hara
    6 years ago

    As so often happens, you have highlighted a component of the MAC OS which while I knew of its existence, I had not really learned how to exploit. Thanks … I’ll be making use of LaunchPad now especially the ability to group apps in a sub folder.

    Jack
    6 years ago

    Gary, I’m using OS X Version 10.7.5. When I go to preferences to see the keystroke shortcut for Launchpad, it says none. I looked up an old video of yours to find how to create a keystroke shortcut, but I can’t do what you were able to do in 2009 when you made the video. In my system preferences, my keyboard and mouse are separate icons now. Is there a way to create keystroke shortcuts now?

      6 years ago

      10.7.5 is two versions behind. You won’t be able to do much of this.

    Jack Waddington
    6 years ago

    Nicely presented tip, but it did not refer to what I miss most: How can I alphabetize the listing without doing so manually?

      6 years ago

      You can’t. If you want an alphabetized list of your apps, just look in the Applications folder.

    brad
    6 years ago

    Do you know if there’s a search attribute that finds apps that can be uninstalled in Launchpad?
    Thanks!

      6 years ago

      I don’t think so. What’s your need? Perhaps there is something else that you can do depending on exactly what you need this function for.

    Will Rhea
    6 years ago

    There is also a very good app called Launchpad Manager that gives you many options, including saving the current configuration (after you get the Launchpad the way you want it) so that you can reload it in case the Mac resets it – which it does sometimes for no good reason.

    Great video – thanks Gary.

    Robert Poland
    6 years ago

    This has tweaked my interest in the LaunchPad.

    I’ve been trying to change the background but the Control Option Command Plus some unknown key (not clear which) doesn’t work and it’s not in the Keyboard Shortcuts. HELP!

    I’m in OS 10.9.2.

      Robert Poland
      6 years ago

      Command, Option, Control “b” is being used elsewhere Universal Shortcut. Will have to fix that.

    Andrew Edwards
    6 years ago

    The tip on con+opt+com+b Was a great one!! Thank you

      Matt
      6 years ago

      yeah, I really love it…

      Gary, where did you find this cool option?

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