Getting LaunchPad off the dock

Discussion in 'Mac OS X Lion (10.7)' started by A Macbook Pro, Feb 26, 2011.

  1. macrumors 6502

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    #1
    Anybody know how to do it?
     
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    bedifferent

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    #2
    Tried and couldn't as well. Even Command+Click and Drag doesn't work.
     
  3. thread starter macrumors 6502

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    I can't believe that Apple would force this on us. Finder HAS to be there. Trash HAS to be there. Why does a new feature that I never needed in any previous OS releases being forced into my dock? I like customising my Mac, I want it to be perfect. This is why I don't appreciate Apple forcing this rubbish decision on me. Hope we get the option in later builds.
     
  4. sux2beyou, Feb 26, 2011
    Last edited: Feb 26, 2011

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    Go to /System/Library/CoreServices/Dock.app/Contents/Resources

    find DockMenus.plist

    go to the end of that file, and you will see something named springboard.
    Put this code in there.

    Code:
    		
    <dict>
    	<key>command</key>
    	<integer>1004</integer>
    	<key>name</key>
    	<string>REMOVE_FROM_DOCK</string>
    </dict>
    
    the end of the file should look like this:
    Code:
    	<key>springboard</key>
    	<array>
    		<dict>
    			<key>command</key>
    			<integer>1000</integer>
    			<key>name</key>
    			<string>OPEN</string>
    		</dict>
    		<dict>
    			<key>command</key>
    			<integer>1004</integer>
    			<key>name</key>
    			<string>REMOVE_FROM_DOCK</string>
    		</dict>
    	</array>
    
    
    you'll now have a remove from dock option.

    This might cause lots of other issue, proceed at your own risk.


    Edit:
    it looks like it comes back after you log back in. but you'll have an option to remove it at least
     
  5. macrumors 68040

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    File a bug report. (Yes you can file reports about undesirable behavior even if it's not technically a bug).
     
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    cocky jeremy

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    Agreed. Launchpad is definitely not something i need to use. In fact, i'll only use it to remind myself of apps i have from time to time. I use Alfred to launch all of my apps.
     
  7. macrumors 6502

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    Launchpad is very useful for your average user. And I think they are right to not be able remove it by dragging invade someone accidentally removes it and can't find it.

    That being said they should have a way to do it. Like in preferences or something.
     
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    CarsonGallo

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    Big Deal

    Wow you guys are really making a big deal of this. Take a big step back. Are you hearing yourself. Its a square icon about the size of your thumb depending on the side of your screen and your finger. If you want to get rid of it so badly, just take a sticky note and cut it up to make i exactly the same size as the icon on your screen and paste it on. PROBLEM SOLVED!
     
  9. macrumors G3

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    Yeah, that's pretty disappointing.
     
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    cocky jeremy

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    You're a lot of help. Thanks!!! :rolleyes:
     
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    Steve Ballmer

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    #11
    It's my computer. I want my Dock the way I want it, not the way Steve Jobs wants it.
     
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    poobear

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    #12
    It's a freaking alpha build, don't believe all bugs are features.
     
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    Steve Ballmer

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    Not being able to remove the Launchpad icon from the Dock doesn't appear to be a bug, but rather a decision by design. However, you can still submit unwanted behavior to Apple as if it were a bug.
     
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    baryon

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    I have 17 things in my Dock in SL, including the Finder and the Trash. I use those things all the time, and I do not use more apps than that. If occasionally I want to launch something that I rarely use, such as Address Book or Keynote, I will type it in Spotlight. I don't see the point of Launchpad. I don't want to have so many apps that I need an application to keep track of them.

    Activating Launchpad from the Dock is a stupid idea, since you can already activate it with a gesture, or you could even assign a hot corner to it. So then what's the point of it still being in the Dock? Is Apple afraid that people won't like it, remove it, and then forget about it forever?
     
  15. macrumors 6502

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    +1, file a bug report.

    To me i only have finder and the trash in my dock on SL, and anther app in the dock would not be welcome.
     
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    slackpacker

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    #16
    Or just deal with it ..... its a Beta
     
  17. kLy
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    #17
    Nice tip :) But still no workaround for making this removal persistent across logouts?
     
  18. macrumors 68040

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    The other thing to consider is that they might have purposely made it unremovable just in the betas so that people are more likely to try (and therefore test) the feature.
     
  19. macrumors newbie

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    If you're using Preview 2, just right-click it and select "Remove from Dock". I did it but i want my Launchpad Back =(.
     
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    Lord Appleseed

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    Its in the Programs folder, just drag it back.
     

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