Launchpad keeps rearranging apps

Discussion in 'OS X Yosemite (10.10)' started by GooberMan, Nov 5, 2014.

  1. GooberMan macrumors member

    Feb 20, 2014
    Ever since upgrading to Yosemite the Launchpad keeps rearranging my apps. It's nothing big, but I use the launchpad pretty frequently and arranged them to my liking, and they keep getting shuffled around to different places.

    Anyone by chance know of a way to fix this?
  2. Zxxv macrumors 68040

    Nov 13, 2011
    system preferences/mission control

    the top option. Un tick it. You'll know it when you see it :)
  3. GooberMan thread starter macrumors member

    Feb 20, 2014
    This is the launchpad, not mission control, and it's only rearranging a few of them: the dictionary app, the system settings app, the app store app, and maybe a few more. So it's not rearranging them by use.

    Tried you're suggestion anyways, just for the heck of it. :p Didn't work. :(

    One other thing to note, when I first installed Yosemite I was moving apps around in the launchpad, putting them in folders, etc. And in a few instances it created duplicate app icons. I deleted the without a problem, or so it seemed at the time. Not sure if that's related or not.

    This is such a strange little glitch, but it's driving me nuts because like I say I do use the launchpad frequently.
  4. Zxxv macrumors 68040

    Nov 13, 2011
    oh sorry I thought that was it. Up early. Didn't sleep. blah blah I have all the excuses but simply boils down to I misunderstood :D
  5. KALLT, Nov 5, 2014
    Last edited: Nov 5, 2014

    KALLT macrumors 601

    Sep 23, 2008
    Is the complete arrangement gone or are only your changes not saved? The latter case could point to a permissions error. I suggest running a disk permissions repair of your OS X partition in Disk Utility. Alternatively, you could destroy your LaunchPad library and start from scratch (which might the best solution if your LaunchPad database is corrupted).
  6. nebrot macrumors regular


    Oct 25, 2011
    北京 (Beijing)
    I had exactly the same on my 2011 i7 Air when upgrading from 10.7. to 10.10. The system rearranged the Apps each time after a strat-up, very annoying.
    I moved all files to an external drive and whiped my Air SSD completely and did a clean install from USB stick. It got fixed then, no more problems - except slow OS booting and dropping WIFI now......
  7. GooberMan thread starter macrumors member

    Feb 20, 2014
    Thanks for the replies. Tried the disk repair, didn't work. Not too keen on deleting anything or reinstalling. Searched around a bit more and found this, which seems to have worked:

    It's just some terminal commands. I did them in this order:

    defaults write ResetLaunchPad -bool true

    killall Dock

    defaults write ResetLaunchPad -bool false

    killall Dock

    It reset everything even the folder names. I then rearranged things to my liking and after two restarts their positions are staying in place.
  8. MacGizmo macrumors 65816


    Apr 27, 2003
    Launchpad is an absolute abortion of a feature. I can't believe Apple hasn't either done something to fix/improve it, or just kill it. Either way, there are far better ways to launch apps on the Mac. I would suggest trying them—because this problem isn't likely to be fixed by Apple anytime soon.
  9. johnnyturbouk macrumors 68000


    Feb 9, 2011
    on the yellow [oled] brick road to tech nirvana.
    wow, interesting choice of words!
  10. BrianBaughn macrumors 603


    Feb 13, 2011
    Baltimore, Maryland
    That's suggesting without being specific!

    I started using Launchpad some when I saw how El Capitan's Spotlight behaves. The sorting of apps doesn't really concern me as I type the app name to find it.

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