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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.
 
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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. ;)
 
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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 :)
 
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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. :)
 
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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:
 
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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 :)
 
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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
 
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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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Alex Metz

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Jul 24, 2020
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Ability to use smaller icons AND the ability to show the icons in a list format -- wonderful to stop navigating through the different Launchpad screens

This is a pretty old thread, but if it can be useful to someone. In fact, the option of using bigger or smaller icons already exists. Before you try it though, be aware that when you run the command in terminal, it resets your launchpad altogether. If your icons are already sorted in a particular order, know that you will need to reorganize them from scratch afterwards.

If you wish to go ahead and try it, open a terminal window and here are the commands. You can pick any number of rows and columns that best suits your need and your screen dimensions. There is a maximum superior value though, but I can't remember what it is precisely. Something around 25-30 rows or columns max.

defaults write com.apple.dock springboard-columns -int X;
defaults write com.apple.dock springboard-rows -int X;
defaults write com.apple.dock ResetLaunchPad -bool TRUE;killall Dock


You only have to replace the X variables by the number of columns and rows you wish to have respectively.

I personally use a 10 x 7 grid, so 70 icons per page for which you would write:

defaults write com.apple.dock springboard-columns -int 10;
defaults write com.apple.dock springboard-rows -int 7;
defaults write com.apple.dock ResetLaunchPad -bool TRUE;killall Dock


Depending on the computer model and in accordance with screen size and resolution, the number of rows and columns by default is not the same for all Macs. Make sure you take a note of what's the default on your Mac in case you ever want to revert the changes you've made. You use the same command in order to do that and replace the variables with the size of your original grid.

Hope that helps.
 
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danielmegson

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Dec 1, 2020
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Thanks for this, I'm a very infrequent mac user but picked one up for lightweight working OTG. This is a REALLY frustrating missing feature that should JUST EXIST.
 
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