OS X Mountain Lion: Use Launchpad to view and open your apps

This article has been archived and is no longer updated by Apple.
Use Launchpad to view and open your apps

Launchpad is a home for all your apps. Just click the Launchpad icon in your Dock. Your open windows fade away, replaced by a full-screen display of all the apps on your Mac.


When you download an app from the Mac App Store, it automatically appears in Launchpad.

Open apps from Launchpad

  • Click the Launchpad icon in the Dock, and then click an app.
  • To move to the next or previous page of apps, swipe left or right on your trackpad or Magic Mouse.

    You can also press the arrow keys.

Rearrange or move apps in Launchpad

  • To rearrange apps, drag their icons to a new location.
  • To move an app to the next page of apps, drag the app to the right edge of the screen. After a brief pause, the next page of apps comes into view. Release the app to drop it into place.
  • If you want an app to appear in the Dock as well as in Launchpad, drag the app’s icon to the Dock.

Organize apps into folders in Launchpad

  • Drag one app’s icon over another to create a folder, and then drag other apps you’d like to add to the folder.
  • To change a folder’s name, click to open the folder, click the current name, and then type the new name.
  • To move an app out of a folder, click the folder to open it, and then drag the app out of the folder.

Uninstall an app from Launchpad

From Launchpad, you can uninstall apps you got from the App Store, but not apps that are part of OS X, such as Safari and Mail.

  1. Click the Launchpad icon in the Dock.
  2. Hold down an app’s icon until all the icons begin to jiggle.
  3. Click an app’s delete button (x) to uninstall the app.

    If an icon doesn’t have a delete button, that app can’t be uninstalled.

Published Date: Sep 4, 2015