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Cannot Type in Launchpad

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Kenneth Collins1 Calculating status...
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Nov 17, 2012 11:40 AM

If I activate Launchpad on my MacBook Pro, I can type in the first few letters of an application's name to find its icon. On my iMac, it doesn't take the keyboard input at all.

 

It is too hard to find the application by inspection, because Launchpad produces a visual jungle of icons spread over many pages, all applications have the same importance (uninstall is just as important to Launchpad as my word processor is), organizing them is manual and tedious, and "folders" of icons can only go one level deep. So I want to use Launchpad's command-line feature to find applications.

 

How can I fix Launchpad to enable the typing feature?

iMac, OS X Mountain Lion (10.8.2), Mid-2007
  • Munas Level 4 Level 4 (1,255 points)
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    Nov 17, 2012 11:42 AM (in response to Kenneth Collins1)

    I do not know how to solve Launchpad typing problem, but until the problem is solved, why you not to try to type app names to Spotlight field?

  • Eric Root Level 6 Level 6 (13,900 points)
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    Nov 17, 2012 11:59 AM (in response to Kenneth Collins1)

    Have you tried running Disk Utility/Repair Permissions? Information only - I can type in the Launchpad search box on my 2008 iMac.

  • Munas Level 4 Level 4 (1,255 points)
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    Nov 17, 2012 12:01 PM (in response to Eric Root)

    Another possibility is, that you have light background and since letters are white you could not see it. Try type something "blindly" - does it affect Launchpad results?

  • Munas Level 4 Level 4 (1,255 points)
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    Nov 17, 2012 12:12 PM (in response to Kenneth Collins1)

    simply try to type, without paying attention that you could not see anything... does it work?

  • markwmsn Level 4 Level 4 (3,945 points)
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    Nov 17, 2012 8:48 PM (in response to Kenneth Collins1)

    Just to be clear, are both computers running Mountain Lion?

     

    Also, I sometimes find I have to tab into the search box. (I haven't figured out when or why.)

  • markwmsn Level 4 Level 4 (3,945 points)
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    Nov 17, 2012 9:15 PM (in response to Kenneth Collins1)

    Sorry. You just reached the edge of my limited experiences with Launchpad.

  • babowa Level 7 Level 7 (22,095 points)
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    Nov 17, 2012 9:31 PM (in response to Kenneth Collins1)

    Which OS version are you running on the Mac where the search feature is not working? It was introduced with Mountain Lion.

     

    Personally, I see no reason to use Launchpad; I do not need a 27" iPhone or iPad screen. I have 68 neatly organized icons in my dock which give me one click access to most things I need.

  • babowa Level 7 Level 7 (22,095 points)
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    Nov 17, 2012 9:59 PM (in response to babowa)

    Addendum:

     

    I just realized that you did earlier say that both machines are on Mountain Lion - missed that; sorry about that.

  • the0pticnerve Level 2 Level 2 (240 points)
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    Nov 18, 2012 8:03 AM (in response to Kenneth Collins1)

    Thought I'd share how I launch Applications:

     

    From Finder type Command + Space Bar (keyboard shortcut to spotlight).

    Start to type the name of the Application.

    One you see the Application highlighted in the top of the spotlight search results, type the return key.

     

    Note that in Spotlight, the hierarchy of the results place Applications first.

     

    Just throwing it out there as an alternative to Launchpad or the dock.

  • Munas Level 4 Level 4 (1,255 points)
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    Nov 18, 2012 8:08 AM (in response to the0pticnerve)

    The most often used applications reside on my doc, it is not crowded 31 icon + spaces that visually separate app groups. If I need to launch an app that is not on my dock - I use spotlight in most of situations.

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