Switch Background Styles of Launchpad in OS X 10.7.3

Feb 6, 2012 - 11 Comments

Launchpad Background Styles

The OS X 10.7.3 update brought with it a variety of subtle changes, including a minor adjustment to how the Launchpad background image style is switched. In previous Mac OS X versions, Command+B would switch between the background effect styles, but this is now achieved with Control+Option+Command+B.

Try it yourself by opening Launchpad and then hitting the Control+Option+Command+B keys to alternate between backgrounds with blur, unblurred, black and white, and blurred black and white. You can see samples of these background style effects below.

Without a blurred background:
Launchpad without Blur

Black and white with blur background:
Launchpad with blur black and white background

Black and white without blur:
Launchpad black and white no blur

Using the unblurred color background makes Launchpad on the Mac closely resemble Springboard on an iOS device.

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


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  1. This is so awesome, love it!

  2. Dan says:

    Does 10.7.3 make this a permanent change? In 10.7.2, it resets itself every time I log out! Basicallt rendering the “option” useless.

    • Curt says:

      I second this question. It resets repeatedly.

      • Raoul says:

        I found a way to automate this, just add this applescript at launch.
        Not a perfect solution, though.

        tell application “Finder”
        open application file “Launchpad.app” of folder “Applications” of startup disk
        end tell
        delay 0.3
        tell application “System Events” to keystroke “b” using {control down, option down, command down}
        delay 0.3
        tell application “System Events” to key code 53

  3. AEGOku says:

    Tnks 4 the Upgrade! and Sharing this info! Love your Page!

  4. Nick says:

    I wonder why they had to change the keys.

  5. Noname says:

    Well, how can we toggle motion blur???

  6. Raoul says:

    But is there a way to make this choice consistent?
    I have to hit cmd B (and now cntrl+alt+cmd B) after every reboot.

  7. That’s an interesting option. Good to know, thanx.

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