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Customize LaunchPad Folders with Emoji

Sep 8, 2011 - 3 Comments
Emoji Folders in OS X Lion LaunchPad

You may know by now that Mac OS X Lion has Emoji support, which is easily accessible in most applications. This brings a wide range of icons and emoticons to the Mac, and some of them are perfect to customize the appearance of LaunchPad folder names. Here’s how: Open TextEdit and then hit Command+Option+T to … Read More

Open Mac OS X Finder from LaunchPad

Aug 23, 2011 - 16 Comments
Drag Finder to the LaunchPad to open Mac OS X Windows from LaunchPad

Want to open the Finder and your standard desktop Mac OS X windows from LaunchPad? You can, but you have to drag the Finder application into LaunchPad. Here’s how to do this: From the Mac OS X desktop, hit Command+Shift+G to bring up “Go To Folder” and enter the following path: /System/Library/CoreServices/ Within /CoreServices/ locate … Read More

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 - 32 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 - 20 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

Jul 13, 2011 - 10 Comments
LaunchPad Jiggle

Clicking-and-holding on an app icon in Mac OS X LaunchPad activates the jiggle, but you can also hold down the Option key to immediately start the jiggle.

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