remove apps from launchpad?

Discussion in 'Mac OS X Lion (10.7)' started by irishloveguines, May 23, 2011.

  1. macrumors member

    Jan 14, 2011
    you used to be able to hold the control/option/command key and click an app and it would disappear, but now it won't, the just wiggle. does anyone know now how to remove icons from launchpad?
  2. macrumors 65816


    Jun 9, 2008
  3. thread starter macrumors member

    Jan 14, 2011
    ya that doesn't work...

    i'm trying to remove the default apps from the launchpad, holding the option key and clicking the icon merely opens the program :(
  4. macrumors regular

    Feb 28, 2011
    Shanghai, China
    I've enquired many times and nobody seems to have an answer so far; probably it has been disabled in this Lion build.
  5. macrumors 6502a


    Sep 11, 2006
    Great Britain (Glasgow)
    Mines the same, I can't get a folder out of launchpad :confused: deleting the folder it still stays in launchpad and I've tried rebooting
  6. thread starter macrumors member

    Jan 14, 2011
    this by far is the MOST ANNOYING thing about this build
  7. macrumors member

    Jun 21, 2010
    Really? All I have to do is click+hold on an app, and click the "X" buttons that pop up. Just like in iOS. For some reason that hasn't been giving me any problems at all...

    And about 90% of my apps aren't from the Mac App store. Some of them are mine, and even they delete in this fashion. :S
  8. thread starter macrumors member

    Jan 14, 2011
    i meant removing the default system apps from launchpad "font book, stickies, chess etc". can't do it.
  9. macrumors member

    Jun 21, 2010
    After iOS won't let you do it, you expect Mac OS X to? You can always delete it the old fashion way. :)
  10. thread starter macrumors member

    Jan 14, 2011
    point i'm making is previous builds of lion let you remove the default apps from the launchpad.. they took away that feature now :/
  11. macrumors member

    Jun 21, 2010

    My bad, I never actually had to use it, so I didn't know. :p
  12. macrumors member

    Jun 30, 2007
    Yep, Prev. 4 has disabled being able to remove icons from Launchpad apparently. Apple needs to fix this - it's really going to piss people off!

    I have tons of Parallels icons there that I just don't want to see...

    Also, I only have the uninstall X for apps purchased on the app store.
  13. macrumors newbie

    Jun 10, 2011
    DP4 allowed you to delete apps from the launcher, and they would actually delete from your Applications folder as well!!! This was dangerous i think sice most people would think these were shortcuts and not the actual apps!!

    DP4 with todays update does not allow to delete apps from lauchpad, apart from those installed via AppStore. Its logical since those fly strait to the launchpad where as the other apps you install manually you do drag them in the applications folder. this move is logical but i would like to see an option to completly delete any apps form lauchpad as well. maybe a hidden option but would be nice if it was there!

    btw you can easily delete your Parallels desktop folder with shotcut in Applications folder and they will be gone from lauchpad as well. Just did that since i did not want to see any apps on my win setup. not that Parallels desktop is working with lion but ... hopefully soon
  14. C64
    macrumors 6502a


    Sep 3, 2008
  15. macrumors newbie

    Nov 18, 2007
    Can you explain this process a bit more? I'd love to remove all the Windows Apps.
  16. macrumors 6502

    Feb 12, 2009
    I can get the icons to wiggle with this command but can't remove any of them. Does anyone know how to remove the labels from the icons? There's an option in QuickPick for Snow Leopard to do this and it gives the desktop a cleaner look, but I can't for the life of me find any options for the LaunchPad application in System Preferences or elsewhere.
  17. macrumors 68040


    Aug 6, 2007
    I think the better question is how to disable launchpad altogether. It seems the most ill conceived feature that Apple has ever devised.
  18. macrumors 6502a

    Feb 28, 2010
    I would love to know how to remove Apps from Launchpad. I removed a couple of apps from my system, but the icons are still there in Launchpad. Can't get rid of them.
    So frustrating!
  19. macrumors 68030


    Jul 7, 2009
    I'm in the same boat. I have several apps that are duplicates (Chess, DVDPlayer, etc . . .) I'd like to only have ONE copy of them. Plus I'd like to get rid of some of the once I never use.
  20. macrumors newbie

    Mar 30, 2009

    Here's an easy way to delete or restore launchpad apps without using terminal commands or deleting/uninstalling any apps: :)

    LaunchpadCleaner: A small, simple and free app that allows you clean up your Launchbar with a single click:
  21. macrumors regular

    Oct 28, 2007
    Just drag the ones you don't want on top of each other and they will form an iOS-style "folder". Do this with all t he apps you don't want, and it will really declutter your launchpad.
  22. macrumors 65816

    Mar 9, 2011
    34°55′42″N 80°44′41″W (34.
    Loaded this up last night. Does the job.
  23. macrumors member

    May 10, 2010
    Bristol, UK
  24. scinto32, Nov 22, 2011
    Last edited: Nov 22, 2011

    macrumors newbie

    Nov 22, 2011
    There is another app I found (it's quite similar to Launchpad Cleaner but native os x app and doesn't need AIR):

    As opposed to Cleaner the free version is fully functional (without the fancy stuff).
  25. macrumors 68030


    Jul 28, 2011
    I agree, it's gimmicky and ugly. But many defend it. They seem to like the iToyz resemblance which is exactly what the toymakers at Apple wanted to achieve.

    It's about making it familiar looking to those who may have not used a computer, but have an iPhone or iPad.

    Old people (and some not so old) tend to love clutter.

    Icons everywhere... launchpad fulfills that warm and fuzzy feeling of having lots of stuff all over the desktop.

    Me? I like a clean icon free desktop. Something that I enjoy about 10.6.8.

    But then again I'm not old enough to know better :) :)

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