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How to Use Mac Launchpad?

While your good friend ‘your Mac doc’ is the best place to keep your most useful apps (as it allows you instant access) it unfortunately has limited space to store these cherished Mac applications. Your trusty Launchpad however has practically limitless app storage space. There is always room at the inn for a Mac app in your Launchpad!

Indeed you can access all of your pre-installed apple Mac application and third party downloads via your Finder but it is much easier and more fun to search and grab an app from your Launchpad. Your OS X system has basically made your Mac Launchpad the App hub. Whatever app you have installed onto your computer, no matter if you saved it to various places around your machine, you will always be able to access if from Launchpad. Having this one stop spot enables  you to quickly access and manage all of your applications from one easy to get to place.

 

How to Access Mac Launchpad

1.) Every Apple Mac computer comes with an installed Launchpad icon which you will usually find nestled inside your Mac doc. So to open up your Mac Launchpad look for round silver icon with an embossed rocket from your Mac doc. Click on it once and wait for it to boot open.

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2.) Almost immediately your desktop will blur and you will be greeted by all of your installed applications.

Note: If you are an avid Mac app collector and have countless ones stored on your computer, your launched may display them across several pages. So if you don’t find the app icon you are looking for straight away on the the first page, simply proceed to flick through the multiple pages until you spot it. Remember – if the app is on your computer you can always access it via your Mac Launched.

3.) Once you have pin-pointed your apps icon simply click on it to open it up.

Tip: If you are self confessed Monica Geller at heart and love a bit of organisation you will be happy to know that you can make your Launchpad even more efficient by grouping similar apps together in folders. By default the ‘Utility apps’ are partnered up in this way.

 

How to Group Apps in Mac Launchpad

It is incredibly easy to group apps together in Mac launchpad. Grab the icon by clicking on it you your cursor and drag it over to a similar application and drop it on top.

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The two apps will merge together and will automatically create a new group folder. You can have as many apps in one group as you like.

 

How to Edit the Name of Mac Launchpad Groups

When a new group folder has been generated Mac launchpad will give it a name (the name is usually based on the types of apps within the folder). However you may wish to personalise your group title. To do this please click on the automatic assigned group name until the cursor line flashes. Then override this titled by typing out your preferred new one.

 

Where will I Find my Grouped Apps Folders

The new app group folder will appear in the Launchpad window alongside the other individual apps.

 

How to Delete an App From Mac Launchpad

To remove an app from Mac launchpad highlight the app with a click. Hold the click down until the app icon begins to wobble and jiggle about. You will notice an ‘x’ appear above the dancing icon. Go ahead and click on the cross to remove the app from your launchpad. The app will not be deleted off your computer.

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Note: System applications (the apps that are pre-installed on your computer from the very beginning and come with your Mac machine) cannot be removed from Launchpad. Only apps which you have taken the time to download and install can be removed.

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Sophie

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Hi I'm Sophie, Chief Author at Macnerdy.com I'm a self proclaimed Mac Nerd and try and make it my job to know the latest tips and tricks for my readers. So whether you are a budding Mac geek, or a full blown enthusiast, I hope my guides can get you through smoothly 🙂
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Hi I'm Sophie, Chief Author at Macnerdy.com I'm a self proclaimed Mac Nerd and try and make it my job to know the latest tips and tricks for my readers. So whether you are a budding Mac geek, or a full blown enthusiast, I hope my guides can get you through smoothly :)