Mac OS X Lion - Launchpad

Discussion in 'Mac Apps and Mac App Store' started by applefanDrew, Nov 7, 2010.

  1. applefanDrew macrumors 65816

    Jul 17, 2010
    I have seen a lot of talk about how launchpad will duplicate the dock and the applications folder. While I can't disagree about the dock being redundant, I have to disagree about the app folder. If you will notice, there is no app folder on the dock in Lion. Essentially, the launchpad replaces the app folder. I can't believe so many discussions have been had on this, yet no one has noticed this key change. Even Engadget missed it in their article about Lion today.
  2. canyonblue737 macrumors 6502a

    Jan 10, 2005
    Ummm... If I am not mistaken there is no Application folder on the dock standard in Snow Leopard either. You have to add it yourself by dragging the App folder onto the dock, something no doubt still possible under Lion. Only Documents and Downloads are there standard. ;)
  3. Nermal Moderator


    Staff Member

    Dec 7, 2002
    New Zealand
    Actually, 10.6 does put the Applications folder there by default :)
  4. spinnerlys Guest


    Sep 7, 2008
    forlod bygningen
    I just installed Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard onto two Macs and the Applications folder icon was in the Dock with out me adding it.

    Btw, I just created a test account on my Mac, this it what the screen looks like after first logging into that account.

  5. applefanDrew thread starter macrumors 65816

    Jul 17, 2010
    What OS are you using....the apps folder has been there since the first time I used my Mac
  6. firewalker746 macrumors newbie

    Dec 24, 2010
    It's all moot

    Launchpad is really weak at this point.

    1. You can't remove Apps except those purchased from the app store
    2. You can create folders but can't rename them
    3. Gestures don't follow those set at the system level and can't be customized
    4. You will see lots of duplicates and again you can't delete them.

    Apple really should have left this out entirely. Lion has some amazing features including Mission Control, Launchpad adds nothing of value.
  7. applefanDrew thread starter macrumors 65816

    Jul 17, 2010
    You delete system apps like you did on snow leopard.....drag them to the trash. MAS can hit the little x on them.
  8. imahawki macrumors 6502a

    Apr 26, 2011
    Wrong... I have like 4 logmein icons (uninstaller, etc.) and I can't get rid of them from Launchpad at all. Very weak.
  9. applefanDrew thread starter macrumors 65816

    Jul 17, 2010

    For the non MAS apps you have to drag them to the trash from the applications section of finder. The MAS apps can be "x"-ed out.
  10. wordoflife macrumors 604


    Jul 6, 2009
    I still think I'm going to create a stack for my applications in the dock .. i Like it like that.
  11. imahawki macrumors 6502a

    Apr 26, 2011
    Ironically the icons I want to remove don't appear in the Applications folder in finder, only in the launchpad.
  12. Typswif2fingers macrumors 6502

    Feb 17, 2010
    Dubai, UAE
    1. You can delete any app through app folder, then the l/pad won't show it.
    2. You can rename the folder by clicking on the name when the folder is selected/open
    3. Not sure what you are saying about gestures... Sorry
    4. You can delete as already said (make sure its the right app)..

  13. applefanDrew thread starter macrumors 65816

    Jul 17, 2010
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    Well then using finder navigate to where they are on your HD and drag them. Some apps don't go to the apps folder unless you manually put them there. iPhone explorer is one of those.
  14. aristobrat, Jul 10, 2011
    Last edited: Jul 10, 2011

    aristobrat macrumors G5

    Oct 14, 2005
    You can most definitely rename Lsunchpad folders.

    However you organize stuff in Launchpad doesn't effect other users on the same computers Launchpad (unlike if you go dicking around changing things manually in the Applications folder).
  15. imahawki macrumors 6502a

    Apr 26, 2011
    Not on my machine it doesn't. They start to wiggle but when I click an icon I want to remove (i.e. Logmein uninstaller) it launches.
  16. aristobrat macrumors G5

    Oct 14, 2005
    Hmm, yeah, I see that now. I used that to remove PyTivoX from Launchpad, and that didn't come from the App store. Not sure why that worked now...
  17. imahawki macrumors 6502a

    Apr 26, 2011
    Hopefully they fix that... I don't need LogMeInUninstaller, LogMeInPluginUninstaller, Start LogMeIn, and LogMeIn all in the launchpad.
  18. King Luis macrumors 6502

    Jul 3, 2008
    anyone else have duplicates of apps in launchpad?

    i got doubles of dictionary, quicktime, stickies, ichat, dvd player, mail, photobooth and a bunch others.

    can i just pick one and delete it or should i be worried about different versions?

    side note. why do i still have ichat? does anyone even use that?
  19. aristobrat macrumors G5

    Oct 14, 2005
    IIRC, iChat in Lion was upgraded to work with Yahoo.
  20. sandylp macrumors regular


    Jul 10, 2004
    San Francisco Bay Area
    Are you kidding? I have lots of duplicates. My address book has 4 icons in Launchpad. Can't get rid of them no matter what I do.:(
  21. CalTex macrumors newbie

    Apr 22, 2011
    I have duplicates as well, this is going to be a pain.

    also, I have my applications in folders and now they are in the folders I put them in and in the regular applications folder, does anyone know how to fix this?
  22. MacRum2011, Jul 20, 2011
    Last edited: Jul 20, 2011

    MacRum2011 macrumors regular

    Jul 14, 2011
    I have launchpad problem, some have the wrong names and I can't fix them....

    GoogleEarth has Firefox name
    WMV Player has Google Earth name
    Utorrent has WMV Player name
    Firefox has Belkin Router Setup name

    WT...with that???? ANyone having that problem?

    Update, i moved one around and now the names are correct for the icons...must be a bug.
  23. DDeese macrumors newbie

    Jul 22, 2011
    Taming Launchpad

    If you decide that you actually want something to do with Launchpad. Then I have some tips to help you tame it. I have thrown my hands up. It's useless for me. You can't remove things from Launchpad with ctr+opt+cmd. This great feature was killed after Lion DP3. The best thing to do is to completely empty launchpad then drag apps into it from scratch. Remember that all new apps purchased from the Mac App store will automatically go there.

    Here's the cure. Open terminal cmd+spacebar type in terminal and hit return. When it launches copy this code directly from the post and past it right into the terminal window:

    sqlite3 ~/Library/Application\ Support/Dock/*.db 'DELETE FROM apps;' && killall Dock

    Hit return and close terminal. When you open launchpad again it should be empty. If there is a stray empty folder simply drag an app of any kind into launchpad. Open launch pad. Move the app icon into the empty folder, open the folder, then drag the icon back into the launchpad backdrop and the folder will go away on it's own.

    Now you can add just the apps that you want, and arrange them as you want to also.
  24. saberahul macrumors 68040

    Nov 6, 2008
    Hold option, wait for squiggle, drag to trash.
  25. jdogg836 macrumors 6502


    Jul 28, 2010
    I can confirm this works great. First thing I did when I started playing around with the Launchpad.

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