removing apps from Launchpad

Discussion in 'Mac OS X 10.7 Lion' started by gumblecosby, Feb 25, 2011.

  1. macrumors 6502

    #1
    How do you do this? Dragging to the trash while in Launchpad does not work. I have duplicate apps from 2 partitions on it.


    Also, swiping with 2 fingers over a dock icon activates expose for each app. I did not know that.
     
  2. jaygen, Feb 25, 2011
    Last edited: Feb 25, 2011

    macrumors newbie

    #2
    I figured out how to do this but it's kinda technical. For me, I wanted to delete all the old Parallels windows app links. :cool:

    First, you're going to need an SQLite database editor. I suggest SQLite Database Browser from:
    http://sourceforge.net/projects/sql..._200_b1_osx.zip/download?use_mirror=softlayer

    The Database that has Launchpad items is located in:
    ~/Library/Application\ Support/Dock/

    It is named something like XXXXXXXX-XXXX-XXXX-XXXX-XXXXXXXXXXXX.db

    You need to copy that database over to your documents folder and edit it from there like this:
    cp XXXXXXXX-XXXX-XXXX-XXXX-XXXXXXXXXXXX.db ~/Documents/XXXXXXXX-XXXX-XXXX-XXXX-XXXXXXXXXXXX.db.bak

    Then open it in the SQLite browser and execute a query that will delete the items you don't want from the items and apps tables.

    Example for Parallels windows app links:
    DELETE FROM `items` WHERE `rowid` IN (SELECT `item_id` FROM `apps` WHERE `bundleid` LIKE 'com.parallels.winapp%');
    DELETE FROM `apps` WHERE `bundleid` LIKE 'com.parallels.winapp%';

    After that is done, you save the file and copy it back to the folder it came from... making sure to back up the original.
    cp XXXXXXXX-XXXX-XXXX-XXXX-XXXXXXXXXXXX.db XXXXXXXX-XXXX-XXXX-XXXX-XXXXXXXXXXXX.db.bak
    mv ~/Documents/XXXXXXXX-XXXX-XXXX-XXXX-XXXXXXXXXXXX.db XXXXXXXX-XXXX-XXXX-XXXX-XXXXXXXXXXXX.db

    Then you need to open up terminal and do a killall Dock... or force the Dock process to quit from the Activity Monitor. Then those problem icons will be gone. :D If you have any questions let me know.
     
  3. macrumors 68000

    Maclver

    #3
    Go to ~/Library Application support Dock and delete the file in there, log out and back in.....

    That will reset the launchpad and erase the apps you don't have..
     
  4. #4
    You have to unhide the Library folder in the Home folder first.
     
  5. macrumors 68000

    Maclver

    #5
    no you don't just go to "GO' at the top (when in finder) "Go to folder" and type in ~/Library
     
  6. #6
    Or you can do that. :p
     
  7. macrumors 6502a

    #7
    Currently a UI has not been built for the removal of Applications in Launchpad.
     
  8. macrumors 68000

    Maclver

    #8
    But deleting the file in Application Support will have to do until the next seed is released
     
  9. macrumors newbie

    andrew.gw

    #9
    Actually...

    Actually I've found that you don't even need to log out — just launch the Terminal and type "killall Dock". :)
     
  10. macrumors newbie

    #10
    Just hold Command+Option+Control and click, that will delete it.
     
  11. macrumors 6502a

    karsten

    #11
    how do you add stuff to it? say i want to add a link to the Documents folder
     
  12. macrumors 68000

    Maclver

    #12
    Currently you can't, its just a app launcher currently...
     
  13. macrumors newbie

    #13
    Deleting Icons from the Launchpad

    have you tried clicking an Icon with Ctrl-Alt-Cmd pressed. It removes the icon from the launchpad immediately
     
  14. macrumors 603

    Michaelgtrusa

    #14



    What I was thinking.
     
  15. macrumors 6502

    antmarobel

    #15
    Thanks for the tip.
     
  16. macrumors 6502

    fredsarran

    #16
    Great, thanks a lot. Do you know a trick to add apps and to delete folders ?
     
  17. macrumors newbie

    #17
    adding apps and deleting folders

    To add an app, drag it to the launchpad icon, or add it to the /Applications folder and it is added automatically.

    After deleting the icons from a folder, you are left with an empty folder. Drag an item into it, and then out again. The folder is deleted.
     
  18. macrumors regular

    #18
    Has anyone figured out a trick to get rid of extra apps that appear there? I'm talking about a game folder in Applications -- StarCraft II. It has all these little apps inside it, so what I get is like 10 SC2 icons that you can't delete or hide...
     
  19. macrumors 6502a

    PowerGamerX

    #19
    I'd like to know this as well. When am I ever going to use the plane maker in X-Plane? Never.
     
  20. macrumors 6502

    #20
    Wow! What a pain in the butt...has anyone found an easier way to delete unwanted icons from LaunchPad? Running an SQL query for every icon I'd like to remove is gonna take forever :D
     
  21. macrumors 68030

    #21
    That doesn't work for me. It just launches the app.
     
  22. macrumors 65816

    #22
    Same.
     
  23. macrumors 6502

    basher

    #23
    I agree there should be a better way to delete apps from launchpad, but why not just place the apps you want to get ride of into a launchpad folder? Maybe even name it DELETE. Then when a better solution comes along you can easily find them to nuke them.
     
  24. macrumors 68000

    Saladinos

    #24
    Also, has anybody found a way to make the launchpad icons bigger? They're waaaaay too small for my MacBook. I have absolutely no idea what's in a folder by its icon.

    Almost can't believe this is the GM. So far, it's a mixed bag: in some places brilliant, and in others I think it rivals the worst product Apple's ever shipped.
     
  25. macrumors newbie

    #25
    From what I can tell, if the app is installed using an installer, then it is unremovable for now for some reason. I installed FCPX and it was a drag and drop deal, and it has the little "x" next to it when I hold the ALT key.

    Just my two cents :D
     

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