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Lesson 5: The Dock, Launchpad, and Mission Control

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Launchpad-Control is a small tool which allows you to easily hide/unhide apps (and groups) from Launchpad in Mac OS X Lion. This simple utility, which operates as a System Preferences pane, displays a list of all applications as well as folders that you’ve created within Launchpad. Launchpad-Control doesn't solve all of Launchpad's problems, but by letting you exclude apps you never want to see in Launchpad, it at least makes Launchpad a bit more usable. If you are looking for more power-user customization of your launch items and daemons, but are not too fond of reading manual pages on the terminal, then LaunchControl for Mac might be the. Launchpad- Control is a tweaking application for Launchpad, which provides a list of all installed applications to hide items which you don’t want to view. In the absence of such tweaking options in Mac Lion, this free tool can be quite handy for customizing the Mac OS X Launchpad.


The Dock and Launchpad

Two of the most useful features in OS X are the Dock and Launchpad. You'll use these features to open your apps and files, as well as to customize your desktop so your favorite items are easy to access. The Dock is available in all versions of OS X, but Launchpad was introduced in Lion.

The Dock


The Dock houses shortcuts to your favorite apps, files, and folders, as well as the Trash. You can customize the Dock by reorganizing it, adding or deleting items, and changing settings.

The Dock contains a divider that looks like a solid line. Everything to the left of the divider is an app, and everything to the right is a file or folder. You'll need to keep this in mind when you reorganize the Dock.

The Dock

To reorganize the Dock:

  1. Add any apps, files, or folders by simply dragging them onto the Dock. For apps, it may be easiest to open Launchpad, since it contains all of your apps.

  2. Remove any unwanted items from the Dock by dragging them onto the desktop. You cannot remove Finder or the Trash from the Dock.

    Removing an app from the Dock
  3. Rearrange items on the Dock by dragging them to their desired locations.

Everything on the Dock is a shortcut, so you won't delete anything by removing it from the Dock.

To customize Dock settings:

  1. Click the divider, then drag up or down to change the size of the Dock.

    Resizing the Dock
  2. Right-click the divider to see a menu where you can change options like Hiding, Magnification, Position on Screen, and more.

About Stacks

When you view a folder on the Dock, you may notice that it looks a little bit different from a 'normal' folder. That's because the Dock uses a feature called Stacks, which displays the folder contents as a Fan, Grid, or List. Since Stacks are accessible directly from the Dock, they make it easier to open your important files.


To change how Stacks are displayed:

  • Right-click the icon for the Stack you want to change, then select the desired view.

    Changing how the Stack is displayed


Launchpad displays all of the apps installed on your Mac. They are arranged into one or more 'pages,' and you can switch to a different page by using the arrow keys, by clicking and dragging to the left or right, or by using a swiping gesture (if you have a Magic Mouse or trackpad).

To get the most out of Launchpad, you may want to reorganize it. For example, you may want to move all of your favorite apps to the first page so you can open them more quickly. You can also create folders in Launchpad to house similar apps.

To reorganize Launchpad:

  1. Click the Launchpad icon on the Dock to open it. Alternatively, you can use a thumb and three-finger pinch (if you have a trackpad).

  2. You will see icons for each app that is installed on your computer. Click and drag an icon to change the ordering.

    Rearranging Launchpad

You can move an icon from one page to another by dragging it to the right or left edge of the screen. The page will turn, and you can drop the icon on the new page.


To create a folder in Launchpad:

  1. In Launchpad, click and drag an icon directly onto another icon. The two icons will be placed into a new folder. Once the folder has been created, you can drag more apps into it if you want.

If you're used to using an iPad, iPhone, or iPod touch, the process of creating a folder in Launchpad may seem familiar to you. It is essentially the same as creating folders on those devices.

To remove a folder in Launchpad:

  1. In Launchpad, click on the folder to open it.

    An open folder
  2. Click and drag the apps out of the folder area. Once the folder is empty, it will disappear automatically.

Mission Control and desktop spaces

OS X has two features that help you keep open files and apps organized: Mission Control and desktop spaces. Mission Control allows you to see everything you currently have open so you can easily access the files or apps that you need. Desktop spaces are virtual desktops you can use to organize your open files and apps. Instead of keeping everything open on the same desktop, you can move some of your work to another desktop space to get it out of the way.

To switch to a window with Mission Control:

  1. Click the Mission Control icon on the Dock. Alternatively, you can use an upward three-finger swipe (if you have a trackpad) or two-finger double-tap (if you have a Magic Mouse).

    Opening Mission Control
  2. All of your open windows will spread out so you can see exactly which files and apps are open. At the top of the screen will be your desktop spaces, along with any full-screen apps that are open.

  3. When you click on a window, it will switch to that window and exit Mission Control.

    Clicking on a window

Working with desktop spaces

To create a new desktop space:

  1. From Mission Control, hover the mouse in the top-right corner of the screen, and a tab with a plus sign (+) will appear.

  2. Click the tab to create a new desktop space. You can create up to 16 desktop spaces.

    The new desktop space

To delete a desktop space:

  1. From Mission Control, hover the mouse over the desktop space you want to delete, and an 'x' will appear in the corner.
  2. Click the 'x' to delete the desktop space.

To switch to a different desktop space:

For convenience, there are a few different ways to switch between desktop spaces:

  • From Mission Control, select the desired desktop space at the top of the screen.

    Selecting a space in Mission Control
  • While holding down the Control key, use the left and right arrow keys to switch to a different space.
  • If you have a Magic Trackpad or a laptop with a trackpad, you can use a three-finger swipe to the left or right.
  • If you have a Magic Mouse, you can use a two-finger swipe to the left or right.
    Swiping with two fingers

To change the desktop background:

It may be helpful to have a different desktop background for each desktop space so you'll always know at a glance which one you're in.

  1. From Mission Control, switch to the desktop space you want to change.

  2. Right-click the desktop, then select Change Desktop Background.

    Changing the desktop background
  3. Select the desired image. It will become the background for the current desktop space. If desired, repeat these steps with all of the other desktop spaces to give each one a unique image.

To move an open window to a different desktop space:

Sometimes you may want to move an open window to a different desktop space to get it out of the way. Then you can switch to that desktop space whenever you want to use the window.

  1. From Mission Control, drag a window to the desired desktop space.

    Moving a window to a different space
  2. Now, when you want to use the window again, you can simply switch to the desktop space where it is located.


If you want an app to always open in a specific desktop space, right-click the app in the Dock, then select This Desktop under Options.

Assigning an app to a space


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Launchpad is an application launcher for macOS introduced in Mac OS X Lion. Launchpad is designed to resemble the SpringBoard interface in iOS. The user starts an application by single-clicking its icon. Launchpad provides an alternative way to start applications in macOS, in addition to other options such as the Dock (toolbar launcher), Finder (file manager), Spotlight (desktop search) or Terminal (command-line interface).[1]


Launchpad is populated with icons corresponding to the applications found in the /Applicationsfolder as well as in the ~/Applications, that is, in a folder named 'Applications' in user's home directory, and in any subfolders within the two above folders.[1] The user can add application icons to Launchpad. The user can also remove an application's icon, but the application itself might not be deleted if it was not originally downloaded from the Mac App Store. Apps can be arranged in named folders much like iOS. The user can then remove apps downloaded from the Mac App Store. In Mac OS X Lion, Launchpad had eight icons per row; this was changed[why?] in OS X Mountain Lion to seven icons per row.[citation needed]However, with proper root permission, by adjusting some settings users can change the number of icon rows and columns in launchpad.[2]

Add App To Launchpad Mac

Since Mac OS X Lion, the function key F4 is a keyboard shortcut to Launchpad. If enabled, Apple's gesture recognition software interprets a thumb-and-three-finger pinch on a touchpad as a command to open Launchpad.[citation needed]

The ability to search applications was added in OS X Mountain Lion.[3]

In OS X Mavericks, Launchpad's background became a blurred version of the user's desktop background, and folders departed from the 'linen' texture underlay, replaced with a darker translucent background (part of the move away from skeuomorphism).[4]

In OS X Yosemite, folders in Launchpad now closely resemble those of iOS; rounded translucent squares with a 3x3 icon grid preview (of the contained applications) when closed, expanding into larger rectangular variants when opened. Furthermore, folders can now be paginated to accommodate more applications.[5]

In macOS Big Sur, the Launchpad icon changed to a 3x3 grid with icons of different colors, resembling apps. However, the usage of Launchpad remained the same.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ abSiracusa, John (July 20, 2011). 'Mac OS X 10.7 Lion: the Ars Technica review'. Retrieved August 23, 2018.
  2. ^'Change launchpad icon rows and columns to fit more icons'. TutPosts. May 23, 2015. Archived from the original on February 17, 2016. Retrieved February 13, 2016.
  3. ^'Use Launchpad Search to Quickly Open Apps in OS X'. OS X Daily. October 8, 2012. Retrieved March 4, 2013.
  4. ^'Launchpad folders are now semi-translucent in Mavericks'. Tips and tricks in Mavericks. Retrieved February 8, 2016.
  5. ^Viticci, Federico. 'OS X Yosemite: Tips, Tricks, and Details'. MacStories. Retrieved February 8, 2016.

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