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10.7: Cleaning up the Launchpad System 10.7
Having very many applications, my default Launchpad was a complete mess with little options for cleaning it up. Not one of my Apps had an X to delete it with the Option Key down. It would have taken hours to clean up.

You can not move Apps to folders or the Desktop from the /Applications folder, but you can move them to the Trash. So I emptied my Trash, and then moved most of my Apps to the Trash.

Then I created a folder called Applications2 and moved them all out of the Trash to there. That was a big step to clean up the Launchpad.

I then added some more Apps from the new folder but dropping them on the Launchpad, but later I found out that I could not delete those from the Launchpad either. The workaround there, is to drag them to the original Applications folder, then to the Trash, then back to Applications2. Go figure!

[crarko adds: As with today's other Launchpad hint, one gets this feeling the feature is best used on a new, fairly minimalist system. The iOS metaphor is fine for a hundred or so applications, but gets really tedious with substantially more than that, unless you've built it up that way from the beginning.]
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10.7: Cleaning up the Launchpad
Authored by: timrand on Jul 27, '11 08:45:51AM

For a long time now, I have created an Applications folder in my personal home (that is ~/Applications). This is where I put ALL my personally installed apps. I can't remember ever having issues with this. I then create the Dock links (right-side) for both my System Applications folder and my personal folder. Not yet on 10.7, but this should still work just fine.

Then when I install apps from the App Store, I just find them in my system folder and drag them over to my personal Applications folder. The App Store updates them just fine in the new location.



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10.7: Cleaning up the Launchpad
Authored by: catalert on Jul 27, '11 08:51:35AM

Re: "You can not move Apps to folders or the Desktop from the /Applications folder." Actually, you can. Just hold the Command key while dragging and dropping.



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10.7: Cleaning up the Launchpad
Authored by: RBD2 on Jul 27, '11 09:06:37AM

That just makes a copy of the App and still leaves the original, which still leaves it in the LaunchPad. The Trash would still be necessary for cleaning up the LaunchPad.



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10.7: Cleaning up the Launchpad
Authored by: catalert on Jul 28, '11 06:53:10AM

After further experimenting, I see this works differently for different applications. With some, holding Command moves the item, the same as Command-dragging items between disk volumes. But with others, Command-dragging works the same as Option-dragging and makes a copy of the item. Oddly inconsistent behavior.

Edited on Jul 28, '11 07:00:16AM by catalert



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10.7: Cleaning up the Launchpad
Authored by: wallybear on Jul 28, '11 02:16:33PM

It's not an inconsistent behaviour.
When you try to move an application outside that folder and you're not allowed to do so, the Finder will simply ignore you are pressing the command key.
Trying to move an unmovable object always results in copying it.



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10.7: Cleaning up the Launchpad
Authored by: ceej on Jul 28, '11 10:23:25PM

It appears that default system apps (iCal, iTunes, LaunchPad, etc.) can not be moved, but other apps, like iLife apps, apps you installed yourself, or apps from the App Store, can. The default system apps have a special permission setting. If you compare these different app types in Get Info you'll see that the default system apps have an extra entry for the "everyone" group with a "custom" privilege set. Looks like you can just change that flag to what you want or even delete it, like any other permission setting. (I didn't try, because I didn't want to toy with things.)



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10.7: Cleaning up the Launchpad
Authored by: wolfy on Jul 27, '11 09:19:02PM

A related Launchpad issue is deleting empty folders. At one point, I had 8 or 9 empty folders that I couldn't delete (this was after I did a Launchpad "Reset" - I think this was discussed here recently). THe solution was to move an app into empty folder, then move that app out of the folder - when the app was moved out of the folder, the empty folder disappeared.

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10.7: Cleaning up the Launchpad
Authored by: ceej on Jul 29, '11 12:03:25AM

Apps which never appear in the /Applications folder path will never appear in Launchpad. (That path includes ~/Applications.) This suggests a number of possibilities for limiting the apps in Launchpad. With proper planning prior to upgrading to Lion, the user could, with fairly little trouble, relocate the apps they don't want in Launchpad and they will never show up there.

If you've already upgraded to Lion, the solution is actually pretty simple. As a variation on the suggestion above, just copy your entire Applications folder to a different location and then delete the copied items that you DO want in Launchpad. Then, go in to /Applications, select the apps you DO NOT want in Launchpad (or Select All and cmd-click the apps you DO want in Launchpad), drag them to the Trash and empty it. The deleted apps are removed from Launchpad and the only ones left are those in the /Applications (and ~/Applications) folder path. Put the other apps folder where you want it and put any new apps there.

Another note: While Apple apps in the /Applications/Utilities folder are already added to Launchpad, other items in the Utilities folder are not. I discovered this when I installed some apps directly into that folder and couldn't find them in Launchpad. I had to move them to Applications to make them show up in Launchpad, after which I just move them back and Launchpad continued to see them and launch them properly. (Because of permissions, I actually had to copy/delete, but same difference.) The owner of Utilities is "System" which is perhaps why it acts differently with Launchpad. So if you know how to make the owner of a folder "System," you can, if I'm right, create a folder in the /Applications path the contents of which Launchpad will never see. (You can not select "System" as a user via the Get Info UI and I don't know how to do it from the command line. I'm sure someone here does.)

And I completely agree with those who criticize Launchpad for it's poor configuration UI. I suspect that just as with the iPhone OS, Apple will eventually get around to providing better configuration interface. The tips here provide useful workarounds, but the real solution is an improved user interface.



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10.7: Cleaning up the Launchpad
Authored by: Creig on Jul 29, '11 07:48:02AM

Then this morning I came across the free Launchpad-Control app. I'm going to give it a try tonight.

http://chaosspace.de/dev/launchpad-control-hide-apps-from-launchpad/

Looks like the Lion mods are starting to hit. I also posted this to the previous Launchpad hint.



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10.7: Cleaning up the Launchpad
Authored by: skyor on Aug 20, '11 12:47:42PM
I had 8 or 9 empty folders that I couldn't delete (this was after I did a Launchpad "Reset" - I think this was discussed here recently). THe solution was to move an app into empty folder, then move that app out of the folder. - add url

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