Hi this is Gary with MacMost Now. On todays episode lets look at Launch Pad. So Launch Pad is a new way to launch applications in the Mac OS 10 line. It doesn't replace anything that was going on in snow leopard. You can still lauch applicataions from the dock, you can still double click on them in your applications folder, you can still search for them in Spotlight and run them from there all the standard ways to run things are still there Launch Pad is just an additional way to do it. Now Launch Pad works alot like the home screen on the iPad and on the iPhone, you can have multiple screens, all your icons represent all your apps that you have on your screen and you can even create app folders. Lets take a look, so the easiest way to launch Launch Pad is to click on it or you can completely remove the app if you decide not to use Launch Pad. Click on it and it brings up all your application icons over a blurred background of your desktop. Now notice at the bottom their are two dots here and you can move back and forth between the pages in LaunchPad using either the two finger swipe on a track pad or you can simply use the arrow keys left and right. Then to launch the app you would ofcourse click on it and it will bring the app right up...like that. You can also move apps around change the order so for instance just click and drag move it there. Think of it as a linear list where if you move something from the list everything is going to move to fill in the space there. So its just a list starting from the upper left and ending in the lower right so you can move things around but you can't really leave a blank spaces. You can also move to the other screen by dragging to the right it will jump to the other screen and put it there so you can have blank spaces at the end of each sreen. If you want to create an app folder which is like one here there is already one for you called utilities. Click on that and you can see what is in the utilities app folder. Its just like on the iPhone or iPad. You can create your own folder by simply dragging and dropping one icon on to the other. Do that and you can see that it kind of gives you a name that is based on the type of app, you can double click on that name and change it. Click outside to leave it and if you want to put a new one in there simply drag it into the app folder. To get something out of the app folder you simply drag it out. Now when you download something from the Mac App store it automatically jumps not into docks like the Snow Leopard but into Launch Pad. If you want to remove something you can simply click and hold over it so for instance lets do it here over Final Cut Pro and you can see an X appears above any app that you can delete so I can delete Twitter or Final Cut Pro here. The rest of these I can't believe because Launch Pad doesn't have permission to delete them, it only has permission to delete them because they come from the Mac App store. Now note that when you delete it from your Launch Pad it is deleted from your Mac just like on IOS. So be careful when using these X's when removing from Launch Pad. So I think the most important thing to know about Launch Pad is that it is an additional way to launch apps. If you are used to using the dock or like to really control what you see by using doc icons and doc folders then you should continue to do that. Launch Pad is just an alternative and its a really good one for new Mac users because instead of having to dig into the applications folder to see what you've got there. You can just use the Launch Pad to see all your applications and quickly launch them.