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Remap F4 to Open LaunchPad on Older Pre-Mac OS X Lion Keyboards

Aug 12, 2011 - 10 Comments
Flip F4 in FunctionFlip

Since the launch of Mac OS X Lion, all keyboards on new Mac products have replaced F4 with a ‘LaunchPad’ button instead of the old Dashboard button. If you have pre-Lion Mac, you can remap that F4 Dashboard button to open LaunchPad instead though, here’s how:

Change the Launchpad Folder Background Image in Mac OS X 10.7 Lion

Aug 3, 2011 - 13 Comments
Change Launchpads background image

Tired of the linen background image of folders in Launchpad? You can easily change it to anything you want with this simple walkthrough. If you recall our post on changing the Dashboard wallpaper, you’ll find this trick is very similar. Obviously this is OS X Lion only. First off, you have to use a PNG … Read More

How to Refresh Launchpad in Mac OS X

Aug 1, 2011 - 24 Comments
OS X Lion's Launchpad database files

Launchpad is the app launcher in Mac OS X that is quite like the iOS Home Screen, showing a series of app icons and names on a simple screen making it very easy to launch whatever apps you want to open. It’s a nice utility and feature built into the Mac, but it does have … Read More

Easily Hide Apps & Folders from Appearing in LaunchPad with LaunchPad-Control

Jul 28, 2011 - 19 Comments
Hide Apps from LaunchPad in Mac OS X Lion

If you’ve spent much time using OS X Lion’s new LaunchPad feature you’ve probably noticed that outside of stuffing things into new folders you can’t really hide apps. If you enter the ‘jiggle‘ mode and try to remove an app from LaunchPad, it actually uninstalls the app, which makes it very easy to uninstall things … Read More

Quickly Enter LaunchPad “Jiggle” with Option Key in Mac OS X Lion

Jul 13, 2011 - 10 Comments
LaunchPad Jiggle

Clicking-and-holding on an app icon in Mac OS X Lion‘s LaunchPad activates the jiggle, but you can also hold down the Option key to immediately start the jiggle. As long as you continue to hold Option, the icons will continue to shake. Additionally, if you have a multitouch trackpad, you can do a four fingered … Read More

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