How to use Launchpad on Mac

How can you give the Mac an iPad-style Home screen? With the built-in Launchpad!

Launchpad was part of Apple's "Back to the Mac" initiative, which sought to make the desktop more like the iPad. It's for everyone who wants a Home screen-like launcher on macOS, and a way to see, start, search for, delete, and otherwise manage apps on the Mac.

How to launch an app in Launchpad on Mac

  1. There are three ways to enter Launchpad:
    1. Click on the Launchpad icon in your Dock (it looks like a rocket).
    2. Do a four-finger pinch gesture on your trackpad.
    3. Press the Launchpad button on your Apple keyboard (look like a 3x2 grid of icons, and is also labeled F4).
  2. Click on the app you want to launch.

    Click on Launchpad from you Dock, or press F4 on your keyboard. Click on the app you want to launch.

How to search an app in Launchpad on Mac

If you have a lot of apps installed you can easily search for them in Launchpad

  1. Open launchpad.
  2. Select the search bar at the top center of the Launchpad screen.
  3. Enter the name of the application you wish to find.

    Searching for apps

You will notice that as soon as you start typing, Launchpad will begin filtering the results, so in most cases you shouldn't even have to type the entire name of the app to find it.

How to move apps in Launchpad on Mac

If you want to have all your favorite and most used apps in a certain location in Launchpad, you can easily move them around to arrange them however you want.

  1. Open launchpad.
  2. Click and hold the app you wish to move until it starts wiggling.

    Click on Launchpad from you Dock, or press F4 on your keyboard. Click and hold on the app you want to move.

  3. Drag the app to your new desired location.

    Wait for the apps to start shaking and then drag the app to your new desired location.

How to organize apps into folders in Launchpad on Mac

You can put apps into folders — which are a group of apps —to better organize your Launchpad. It's perfect for putting similar apps together.

  1. Open launchpad.
  2. Click and hold on the app you wish to put in a folder until it starts wiggling.

    Click on Launchpad from you Dock, or press F4 on your keyboard. Click and hold on the app you want to move.

  3. Drag the app on top of another app you wish to put into the same folder until a white box appears around both apps.

  4. Let go.

    Drag the app over another app you want to be in a folder together, and then let go.

How to delete apps in Launchpad on Mac

You can certain apps on your Mac from Launchpad, which is a great way to keep your desktop clean and organized. Please note that you can't delete certain built-in apps or apps that are running in the background on your Mac.

  1. Open launchpad.
  2. Click and hold the app you want to delete until it starts wiggling.

    Click on Launchpad from you Dock, or press F4 on your keyboard. Click and hold on the app you want to delete.

  3. Click on the X that appears in the top-left corner of the app to delete it. If there is no X, the app cannot be deleted in Launchpad.

    Click on the delete button.

How to reset Launchpad on Mac

Sometimes after you install a new app (especially third-party apps) you may notice it doesn't show up in Launchpad. There is a way to manually refresh Launchpad, which will most likely resolve the issue.

  1. Click on your desktop.
  2. Click on the Go menu. It's up on the menu bar at the top of your screen.
  3. Press and hold the Option key.
  4. Click on Library.

    Click on your Desktop, click on the **Go** menu, press and hols the Option key and the click on library.

  5. Double click on the Application Support folder.
  6. Double click on the Dock folder.

    Double click on the application support folder and then double click on the Dock folder

  7. Drag all files ending in .db into the trash.
  8. Click on the Apple icon in the top left corner of your screen. It should look like this .

    Drag all files ending in .db into the trash and then click the apple icon.

  9. Click on Restart.
  10. Click on the Restart button.

    Click on restart and then click on the restart button.

Your computer will restart, and when it boots back up you should find all your apps available in Launchpad.