icons disappear in Launchpad

Discussion in 'Mac OS X Lion (10.7)' started by mgworek, Jun 8, 2011.

  1. mgworek macrumors member

    Feb 21, 2006
    On boot, launchpad works great but within 30 minutes, my launchpad only shows a couple of icons.

    Anyone else have this problem?

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  2. matw01 macrumors newbie

    Nov 8, 2007
    yep exactly the same problem with mine, not sure how to fix it.
  3. mgworek thread starter macrumors member

    Feb 21, 2006
    Glad I'm not the only one.

    I also noticed any folders I create from within Launchpad are not saved on reboot. Have you noticed this?
  4. kristoffers4 macrumors member


    Oct 3, 2009
    Jups noticed the same things, icons not loading and order/folders are not saved when rebooting....
  5. Donut4000 macrumors member


    Aug 28, 2009

    That's weird - going from DP 3 to 4 reversed the experience you had for me...my icons have now reappeared.....:rolleyes:
  6. Firen macrumors regular


    Jun 15, 2009
    Vienna, Austria
    Apps I install myself go to page 2, since I wanted them on page 1 I moved the first one to the first page and it worked well. When I did the same with the second app it went where the other app just was. Same with the third app.

    The last app in the list (the third app I moved) couldn't be moved anywhere anymore and after launching Launchpad again it was on page two again (and the other two apps missing).
  7. Lukeit macrumors regular

    Feb 28, 2011
    Shanghai, China
    It is happening to me too on my iMac 2.8: icons disappear and if you try to reorganize them they go back to original state after reboot.

    All perfect on my MBP 17" instead

    I am loosing my head over this issue that is quite annoying!

    Hope someone comes out with a fix!
  8. Donut4000 macrumors member


    Aug 28, 2009
    Arse! they vanished overnight! Like the screenshot above, I do have a few lingering fragments though...
  9. Einz macrumors regular


    Feb 14, 2008
    Check and see if there is more than one application folder on your Mac?

    The app with the icon, see where it is located on the Mac.
  10. Eseifan macrumors newbie

    Jun 9, 2011
    Have exactly same problem here. Installed OS X 10.7 DP4 on my iMac 2.4 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo, 24” monitor yesterday and Launchpad has been all but useless. Icons disappear after an hour or so of running the computer, and all rearrangements of icons disappear on startup. No idea why this is happening.
  11. Eseifan macrumors newbie

    Jun 9, 2011
    And I’ve noticed it happens progressively, not in one strike. You start losing icons about 30-40 minutes after start up, and usually within a couple of hours they’re all gone. My computer has been running for about six hours now and there’s only the iCal icon left (don’t ask).
  12. Lukeit macrumors regular

    Feb 28, 2011
    Shanghai, China
    I came to think that the problem might be the machine... I have this problem on a 2.8 GHz iMac 24" monitor while everything is all right on my MacBook Pro 17".
    Initially I thought it might have been a bad Lion installation as I have upgraded from SL and this problem only showed up after DP3 so yesterday night I formatted everything and did a clean and fresh installation of Lion DP4.
    No joy... after a couple of hours that made me hope ... the same problem and the same annoyance again. Booted up... and as imagined also all icon rearrangements vanished.

    I really hope Apple fix this before Lion hits the "shelves" as I see it as an unacceptable glitch.

    Any other experience about it?
  13. paris18m macrumors member

    Jun 10, 2011
    disappearing icons in launchpad is not a major problem, considering they are back again after a reboot or something. the problem is that once you reboot the arrangements made in launchpad are completely gone! this drives me nuts! everything else runs fine!
  14. Lukeit macrumors regular

    Feb 28, 2011
    Shanghai, China
    I beg to disagree, but disappearing icons in my opinion is pretty big problem and nonetheless cannot be accepted in a final release!
    On my side I seldom shut down my Mac and if the only way to "recover" launchpad icons is to re-boot... everything becomes a bit TOO MUCH cumbersome, don't you agree?
  15. Eseifan macrumors newbie

    Jun 9, 2011

    I agree with Lukeit on this one. Disappearing icons are a major problem in that they render Launchpad useless, what’s the point of you’re going to spend 15 minutes looking for the app? And Launchpad has been featured as one of the leading new functionalities of Lion. Apple had better fix this in the official release.
  16. mgworek thread starter macrumors member

    Feb 21, 2006
  17. ptiseul macrumors newbie

    Jun 13, 2011
    I have exactly the same issue....
    My launchpad disappear after 5mn !!! only reboot solve this...
    Is there any trick to prevent the reboot ??
    Moving to Lion with my corei5 was a difficult thing as we had to do this via firewire and replace the wifi plist by the old one !!
    And now I have to select the wireless i want to connect to everytime !
    Does someone know if something like a preview5 or an RC is going to be released before july ??
  18. Stellarola macrumors member


    Jan 24, 2008
    You don't have to reboot. Just open terminal and type "killall Dock", without the " ".

  19. shamguy4 macrumors member

    Jan 21, 2009
    what about folders disappearing from the desktop when switching spaces? does anybody have this problem?

    when i swipe to switch spaces sometimes my desktop icons are there and sometimes they are not
  20. dc15203 macrumors newbie

    Jul 25, 2012
    Icons disappearing from Launchpad

    Same thing just happened to me. I'm running an pretty new MacBook Air with OS X v10.7.4. I was trying to put my fav apps in folder to reduce clutter within Launchpad and the stupid thing went nuts. Folder was gone with all the icons. Scared the crap out of me as I thought this might have deleted the apps as well, however, it did not.

    Apple needs to fix this and supply some type of icon recovery tool.

  21. willrobbo macrumors newbie

    Dec 31, 2012
    Apologies for digging up an old thread but this is top result on Google for this issue.

    I just had the exact same issue on the latest version of 10.8 and the solution is to fire up Terminal and enter the following:

    rm ~/Library/Application\ Support/Dock/*.db ; killall Dock
    Beware: This may remove any customisations that you have made to Launchpad (icon order, folders, etc.)

    When you start Launchpad again, it will display 'Loading Applications...' while it rebuilds the database.

    Hope this helps!
  22. sebisuarez10 macrumors newbie

    Oct 25, 2013
    Thank you so much for the help, I was looking everywhere for a fix! You sir are awesome. lol

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