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Assign a keyboard shortcut to Launchpad System 10.7
If you use Launchpad, you can assign a keyboard shortcut to open it. Go to the Keyboard preference pane in System Preferences, then Keyboard Shortcuts, then Launchpad & Dock. Select Show Launchpad, press Enter or Return, and enter your shortcut.

[kirkmc adds: It's worth mentioning this because, oddly, there is no default shortcut for Launchpad. (This is the case for both Lion and Mountain Lion.) While we're at it, here are some keyboard controls you can use when in Launchpad. Command-right/left-arrow moves to a different page, and Command-down-arrow goes into a folder.]
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Assign a keyboard shortcut to Launchpad
Authored by: keithric on Aug 28, '12 09:08:22AM

Most new Apple keyboards by default access Launchpad via the F4 key.



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Authored by: leomb on Aug 28, '12 09:13:26AM

On Mountain Lion (10.8) the F4 key is preset for Launchpad



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Authored by: interlard on Aug 28, '12 10:50:26AM

Conversely, if you don't use Launchpad but your new Mac has a wasted Launchpad function key (but no Dashboard key), download FunctionFlip. Use it to make the F4 key always F4 (instead of your unused Launchpad button) and assign F4 to Dashboard in the Mission Control pane in System Preferences.



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Authored by: DavidRavenMoon on Aug 28, '12 11:09:53AM

On my iMac with the wireless keyboard, F4 is Dashboard and F5 is Launchpad.

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Authored by: osxpounder on Aug 30, '12 05:01:10PM

Nice tip. Thanks!

I'll appreciate being able to disable some of those keys, but keep the loudness key functions.

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Authored by: Fofer on Jun 12, '13 08:50:27AM

I'm using KeyRemap4MacBook: https://pqrs.org/macosx/keyremap4macbook/

Amongst other things, it lets me remap that F4 button on my 2012 MacBook Air, so instead of that button launching LaunchPad (as I never use it,) it goes to Dashboard instead. Much better for me...



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Authored by: TwiztedBizkit on Aug 28, '12 01:26:35PM

My keyboard has a Fn+F4 direct shortcut to launchpad on it?



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Authored by: Lri on Aug 28, '12 05:59:07PM

There's also a bug where the function key (e.g. F4) doesn't work unless Show Launchpad is checked in the keyboard preferences. It doesn't have to be assigned to any other shortcut though.



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