Resolved Is there anyway to sort the icons in Launchpad alphabetically?

didgmd

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May 31, 2014
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Hi guys, I'm wondering if there is a way to sort the icons in Launchpad alphabetically. Please advise me. Thanks.
 

Janichsan

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Hi guys, I'm wondering if there is a way to sort the icons in Launchpad alphabetically. Please advise me. Thanks.
Click on one icon, hold down the mouse button and wait till they start to jiggle. Drag the icons into alphabetical order.

Yeah, sorry, that's the only way to do it. *shrug* Launchpad is crap anyway. ;)
 

AtheistP3ace

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It would be awesome to have a fast way to do this. But I agree with previous poster I never use launchpad. Cmd+SB for me anytime i need an app quickly.
 
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TobiasJW

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Oct 2, 2015
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Hi guys, I'm wondering if there is a way to sort the icons in Launchpad alphabetically. Please advise me. Thanks.
You can do this with this terminal command:

defaults write com.apple.dock ResetLaunchPad -bool true; killall Dock

This will arrange all apple stock/system applications on the first launchpad page in the default order. On the second, third etc. page all the other apps will be arranged alphabetically.

English is not my first language so be prepared for mistakes :)
 

didgmd

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May 31, 2014
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Seoul
You can do this with this terminal command:

defaults write com.apple.dock ResetLaunchPad -bool true; killall Dock

This will arrange all apple stock/system applications on the first launchpad page in the default order. On the second, third etc. page all the other apps will be arranged alphabetically.

English is not my first language so be prepared for mistakes :)
The command really works. Thank you so much. :)
 

cig0

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Nov 28, 2017
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Hi guys, I'm wondering if there is a way to sort the icons in Launchpad alphabetically. Please advise me. Thanks.
It shouldn't be, though; all they need to add is some very basic functionality that I'm sure it would be incredible easy to add:
  • Ability to sort the icons by the same criteria you can sort them in Finder
  • Ability to use smaller icons AND ability to show the icons in a list format -- wonderful to stop navigating through the different Launchpad screens
  • Ability to set a different background, for better contrast
How much could it take to a Jr. to implement these features, a week? Two? A month? Sometimes I have a hard time trying to understand the why behind some decisions :rolleyes:
 

Netsrfr

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Mar 30, 2018
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May be a change in High Sierra, but this no longer sorts applications alphabetically. Still separates the Apple applications onto the first page, but neither are sorted.
If anyone finds a work around let me know, and if I run into one myself I'll update.

You can do this with this terminal command:

defaults write com.apple.dock ResetLaunchPad -bool true; killall Dock

This will arrange all apple stock/system applications on the first launchpad page in the default order. On the second, third etc. page all the other apps will be arranged alphabetically.

English is not my first language so be prepared for mistakes :)
 

mathepac

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Sep 18, 2017
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I found it worked in a limited way.

Yes it isolated Apple apps to page 1, unsorted, but the 3rd party stuff gets sorted on pages 2 and 3 (in my case) It's certainly easier than manually sorting the 3 pages. I moved FileMaher Pro Advanced to page 1. A useful little script, thank you @TobiasJW
 

teqteq

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Oct 31, 2016
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I found a more useful option, more akin to the Windows Start menu. Just drag your Applications folder onto the Dock, so it becomes a Stack, and you've got every app in alphabetical order.

Anyone know if I can add a keyboard shortcut to a Stack?
 

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Giles Hudson

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You can do this with this terminal command:

defaults write com.apple.dock ResetLaunchPad -bool true; killall Dock

This will arrange all apple stock/system applications on the first launchpad page in the default order. On the second, third etc. page all the other apps will be arranged alphabetically.

English is not my first language so be prepared for mistakes :)
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Tobias sir, you are a star. This worked for the OS Catalina just now, insofar as it binned all broken icons, moved all Apple apps to page 1 and then sorted all of the others following on from that. Thank you
 
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