Change Launchpad’s Background Image Effect in Mac OS X Lion

Oct 30, 2011 - 12 Comments

Unblur Launchpad background Mac OS X Lion

Bored with Launchpads background? You can make some changes to it in Mac OS X Lion by changing the background images default blur effect to three other options: unblurred (shown above), black and white blur, or black and white unblurred (both shown below):

  • Open Launchpad
  • Hit Command+B to cycle through the background image effects

Update: In OS X 10.7.3, you need to use Command+Control+Option+B to achieve the same effect

Hitting Command+B once should just remove the blur from the background image, which makes Launchpad more closely resemble the iOS springboard. You can use the keystroke a few more times to switch into black and white or to go back to the default blur.

Other than changing the actual wallpaper, you can’t change Launchpad specific wallpaper, although you can change Launchpads folder background image to something other than the linen default.

Here’s a few other screenshots showing the black and white effect variations:

Launchpad Black & White Background Mode:
Turn Launchpad Black and White

Launchpad Blurred Black & White Background Mode:
Blur black and white background in Launchpad for Mac OS X Lion

Don’t miss our other Launchpad tips.


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Posted by: Paul Horowitz in Customize, Mac OS, Tips & Tricks


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  1. garluis23 says:

    how can i make it permanent?

  2. Andrew says:

    How do we make it permanent, guys? Not to change it every time we turn on mac.

  3. Ryan says:


    Control-Option-Command-B works !!!

  4. AEGOku says:

    On Mac OSX 10.7.3 Doesn’t Work Any More! its a shame because it was a nice tweak!

  5. Dan says:

    This setting resets every time I log off. How do you get it to be permanent?

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  8. Roland says:

    But I guess that like the motion blur effect, if I shut down my computer, it will be back to default. Is there a way to save the changes ?

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