What's all this on the launchpad?

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by kenppy, Jun 29, 2016.

  1. kenppy macrumors newbie

    kenppy

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    #1
    Screen Shot 2016-06-29 at 19.32.00.png Screen Shot 2016-06-29 at 19.32.11.png
    My machine has been running slower for some time and I've been looking to see what's causing this.
    Looked at the launchpad and was surprised to see five pages, never looked past the first one and frankly never realised that there was more than one page.

    What is all this stuff here, those icons that appear the same? Where did this come from and is it needed?
     
  2. grahamperrin macrumors 601

    grahamperrin

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    #2
    Use Disk Utility to verify the startup volume then, in a Terminal window, run the following command (be prepared to enter your admin password, when prompted):

    sudo mdutil -a -E

    mdutil(1) Mac OS X Manual Page

    After indexes are rebuilt, you may find a more normal collection of apps in Launchpad.

    In the meantime, you need not worry about the unexpected appearances; they're harmless.
     
  3. kenppy thread starter macrumors newbie

    kenppy

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    #3
    Well I ran this, took about 15min, and restarted the machine -- it did nothing. If it's not a problem then I'll leave it but it just looks untidy.
     
  4. kryten2 macrumors 6502a

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    You can try this if you're running OS X El Capitan or Yosemite:

    Open the Terminal application and enter the following defaults write command string:

    Code:
    defaults write com.apple.dock ResetLaunchPad -bool true; killall Dock
    Hit return and wait for the Dock to relaunch and Launchpad to reset.
     

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