How do I delete icons from Launchpad without deleting the app?

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  1. MartinAppleGuy macrumors 68020

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    How can I remove app icons (not from the app store, it is Autodesk stuff) from the Launchpad, without removing the actual app? Thanks for the help, it is very much appreciated.
     
  2. stiligFox macrumors 65816

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    You can, and the easiest way is with and external Launchpad organizer, such as http://chaosspace.de/dev/launchpad-control-hide-apps-from-launchpad/
     
  3. MartinAppleGuy thread starter macrumors 68020

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  4. stiligFox macrumors 65816

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    Without a 3rd party app you'll have to try and do it by manually editing the Launchpad database file.

    It is stored in: /Users/<yourname>/Library/Application Support/Dock/

    There (at least for me) are two .db files, one is a string of numbers. That is your launch pad organization file. You just have to figure out how to edit that, and you'll be gold. Sadly TextEdit brings up mostly garbled gook.

    Deleting the file, killing the Dock, logging out and logging back in simply sets the Launchpad to default settings for me.

    Sorry I can't be of more help!
     
  5. MartinAppleGuy thread starter macrumors 68020

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    Thanks. I'll just leave them. Apple kind of done a bad job with it really, eh.
     
  6. stiligFox macrumors 65816

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    Aye, unfortunately. What I do is the same thing as my iPhone- just shove stuff in folders that I don't want to see. It's untidy but it helps a bit.

    Just out of curiosity, why do you not wish to use a third party solution?
     
  7. MartinAppleGuy thread starter macrumors 68020

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    I dislike downloading additional software with names hardly known. By sticking to this rule, I never have to confront crapware, adware, spyware, tricky uninstalls, and also lower my possibility of getting a Trojan to none.
     
  8. tbirdparis macrumors 6502

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    Hey, resurrecting an old thread but I hope someone can help me out..

    So I just got a new rMB and while personalising things, I went on a rampage deleting things from the launchpad. Have never used launchpad before and I (wrongly) thought it was just shortcuts - so deleting things from it wouldn't actually delete the application itself, which it clearly does do!

    It's not a huge problem, but I deleted keynote because I have never used it and probably won't ever. However, it came preinstalled on my machine so I kinda feel like I should have it available just in case. Now, going back to the app store, it seems that I have to buy it! Hopefully there's some way to get it back without having to completely reinstall the OS?

    Thanks in advance for any pointers.
     
  9. jf1450 macrumors regular

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    Are you sure you have to buy it? Is there a dollar amount in the button in the App Store or does it just say "Install". I've got a new MBP also and don't have Keynote; it just says "Install" for me meaning that it doesn't have to be purchased. I've already installed Pages and Numbers (I did an OS X reinstall that didn't include the applications) that way at no cost.

    -jeff
     
  10. tbirdparis macrumors 6502

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    Hey, thanks for the feedback. Yep there's a dollar figure on the button, I was expecting to just see the "install" button but nope. Actually though, you made me think of a possible solution. For some reason, my App Store account and my apple ID has been split into 2 separate ones, because when I wanted to download and install apps I already owned on a different machine, I had to log in to the app store using a different account otherwise my previous purchases didn't appear. I'm thinking that now if I switch it back to the apple ID I used when I originally set up the rMB, maybe then the apps it's supposed to come with will appear as free? I'll give that a shot...
     
  11. tbirdparis macrumors 6502

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    OK so I logged out of the App Store and logged back in using the Apple ID I used when setting up the rMB and it worked, Keynote was again available to simply install.

    But this brings me to my next question... It seems now that I've somehow ended up with two separate Apple IDs and two separate App Store accounts, not sure how this happened exactly but it's a bit annoying. So now whenever I want to update apps that I have bought on one account (FCP X and Pixelmator among others) I will have to always remember the log in details for a different account and switch back to it. Does anyone know how I can go about merging these accounts? Am I going to have to do something as radical and old-fashioned as actually pick up a phone and call Apple?
     
  12. nfenn macrumors newbie

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    You can drag and drop the icons away from the launchpad, that will remove them, except for a few default icons that can not be removed.
     
  13. Gregg2 macrumors 603

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    You quoted a post from 2014.
     
  14. MartinAppleGuy thread starter macrumors 68020

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    This is not the case for non app-store apps downloaded from the web. Also, old thread.
     
  15. TheSkywalker77 macrumors 6502a

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    How'd they do a bad job? If Launchpad didn't exist we'd need to open the applications folder and search for the app we wanted to open/pin to the Dock. Launchpad just makes it easier.
     
  16. Gregg2 macrumors 603

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    I guess the number of apps you use is a factor. I have no use for Launchpad.
     
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  18. Gregg2 macrumors 603

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    I don't know off the top of my head, but it's not hurting anything.
     
  19. Dodgeman macrumors 65816

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    You can hide it just not disable.
     

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