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  • 15. Re: How to remove app from LaunchPad
    Ken Auggie Level 1 Level 1 (85 points)

    Wow, now you are assuming what my intentions are and drawing incorrect conclusions.


    Stop apologizing for LaunchPad.

  • 16. Re: How to remove app from LaunchPad
    macjack Level 9 Level 9 (50,510 points)

    Yes, all that is true. But we had a Launchpad back in OS 7 or OS 8 (forgive me for going back so long).

    You could add or subtract any apps from the launchpad without affecting the app in the applications folder.

    Is the new method an improvement?



  • 17. Re: How to remove app from LaunchPad
    Ken Auggie Level 1 Level 1 (85 points)

    Ah, yes... Classic OS, I knew you so well!

  • 18. Re: How to remove app from LaunchPad
    ChrisNethercott17 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Got to the applications folder and delete by moving it to trash

  • 19. Re: How to remove app from LaunchPad
    Ken Auggie Level 1 Level 1 (85 points)

    I do not want to delete the application: only remove it from the LaunchPad.  There are many esoteric utility files that may be installed as part of application package but I never touch or need on LaunchPad itself (e.g. uninstallers).

  • 20. Re: How to remove app from LaunchPad
    tlever Level 1 Level 1 (40 points)

    The short answer is that there is no way to use the LaunchPad this way currently. I completely agree that the launch pad should work that way - customizable.


    Anyway, the best solution I've found is to make a folder/group in the LaunchPad called "Not Used" or something and drag what you don't want cluttering up your LaunchPad into there. That way it is out of the way but not deleted off of the computer. Hope that helps.

  • 21. Re: How to remove app from LaunchPad
    macjack Level 9 Level 9 (50,510 points)

    In Mavericks anyway some apps can be deleted. Specifically, the one's added by the user. Click on hold on any icon until all apps begin to jiggle. Then 'X" will appear at the top left of apps that can be deleted from Launch Pad.

    Very iOSy.

  • 22. Re: How to remove app from LaunchPad
    Dannyboy3D Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    There's a code that you can use on terminal in order to remove the apps from Launchpad.  Unfortunately, I have not been able to get it to work on Mavericks.  I will keep trying to figure it out.


    And would the rest of you just answer the questions?




    sqlite3 ~/Library/Application\ Support/Dock/*.db "DELETE from apps WHERE title=‘insertappnamehere';" && killall Dock

  • 23. Re: How to remove app from LaunchPad
    jimmyJonesJonson Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Man this thread is kinda rediculous. I agree with Ken Auggie and kinda feel for him. I would start to feel like I'm going insane with so many responses from people suggesting to delete the application, and this guy William Lloyd repeatedly providing these lame responses that appear to be based on his assumptions of Launch Pad's intended functionality.


    I don't think I'm special or anything, but I just wanna say that I work for a software company on the tech side of things... and that I feel that Ken is absolutely right. We are constantly taking DCR's (Design Change Requests) from our customers, to either change existing or create new features for our software. The intent of these kinda things is dictated by the desire to be intuitive and if it ends up failing at that, then it's not necisarily serving it's purpose well.


    That being said, I do want to step back and say that I can clearly see and appreciate where Apple obviously seems to trade ease of use for minimal/cleanliness of design, and how things function... Kinda like a form/function tight rope.


    I just don't get the point of saying, or where people come up with these dogmatic things like, "that's the way it is and you are trying to make it work in way that it was not designed". Take your mind out of its box. While I will tell someone that modifying a database will have to be done at your own risk, I will not tell them that expectations of how something should function, or trying to change it to meet your needs is wrong.




    Here, I found out how to get it done on Mavericks based on the original command that Dannyboy3D mentions:


    sqlite3 ~/Library/Application\ Support/Dock/*.db "DELETE from apps WHERE title=‘insertappnamehere';" && killall Dock

    Since the above was giving me some kind of error like "Your trying to do too many things at once", I decided to break up the steps a little and it worked....


    First, open the terminal and navigate to the directory specified in the command above by typing the following:


    cd ~/Library/Application\ Support/Dock


    Next, open a finder window and go to that location. Since your user-specific Library folder is hidden by default, you can go there by clicking on the "Go" menu at the top of the screen, holding down the Option key, and clicking Library when it appears.


    Once you are in the "Dock" folder, you will see two .db files. These are databases. Essentially the command above would navigate to this directory and, for all databases, delete records titled 'Calculator' from the apps table and restart the dock.


    Now that you are already in that directory, you can just do that deletion part one at a time by typing the following (note: you can drag one of the .db files from the finder window onto the Terminal window, after typing sqlite3 instead of having to type it out.):


    sqlite3 7B313CFF-FF15-41AA-90FA-DE1DC21C3997.db "DELETE from apps WHERE title='Calculator';"


    Do the same thing for the other .db file if you like. I recieved an error that there was no apps table in the other .db file (desktoppicture.db) when I tried it.


    Now that the records titled 'Calculator' have been deleted from the apps tables, you'll just have to restart the dock by typing the following:


    killall Dock


    Oh and I forgot to mention a couple of important things.


    You can of course wait to perform the "killall Dock" command until you have finished performing all of the deletions that you wish to perform.


    More importantly, you can cause the whole line that you just typed to appear again by pressing the up arrow on the keyboard (or by pressing it two times if you have already executed the killall Dock command) and just left arrow back to the app name that you had specified after title= and replace it with the next intended deletion.


    For example, press the up arrow and left arrow to the ' after Calculator, delete Calculator and replace it with System Preferences, leaving the single quotes in place.


    Message was edited by: jimmyJonesJonson

  • 24. Re: How to remove app from LaunchPad
    Ken Auggie Level 1 Level 1 (85 points)

    Basically, this is what I've been doing when I gave up trying to remove icons from Launchpad: creating a bunch of "Groups" (e.g. Adobe Utilities) and stuffing them with the junk I will never "launch."


    All the hacks do no good because once a minor Apple OS update (e.g. 10.8.x) comes along, it typically rebuilds the Launchpad entirely, thereby wiping out any "tweaking" I may have performed via manually adding and removing icons.


    BTW, the underlying reason why I wanted to manually add apps to the Launchpad, which I didn't explain before and provides a solid reason for needing to "customize" the icons on Launchpad, my boot drive is a 500GB SSD and is just too small to put the majority of my applications and documents on, so I install most of my apps on a traditional 3TB drive.  But Launchpad does not manage any applications that are not on the boot volume.  Thus, my Launchpad is just a paltry subset of my application library, and thus for the most part, is woefully insufficient as a true "launch pad" for all the applications I may use.

  • 25. Re: How to remove app from LaunchPad
    owlnut Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    I just bought a Macbook and Launchpad is driving me up the wall. I invested in it because my boyfriend's Macbook is still going strong after 7-8 years (still running OS X 10.4) and I love it. I really wanted to like/use Launchpad, I like a really clean & minimal dock so I thought I'd be able to use it as like... apps on deck, or something. The thing is so poor for customization though. Like Ken, I just wanted to remove the **** icon from the **** Launchpad while keeping it on my computer and able to access through Spotlight or the Applications folder. Why the **** should this be impossible? WHY???? I don't want to pay $8 for an app that will let me do what should be super simple.


    I've grouped them together for now but there are some problems, such as: groups only hold a certain amount so instead of being able to just have one group, I have to have multiple ugly grouped icons just clogging things up. Also I'm not pleased about the prospect of updates ungrouping them like Ken mentioned in his last post. What a mess... Color me super duper unimpressed.

  • 26. Re: How to remove app from LaunchPad
    Pismo Level 1 Level 1 (115 points)



    Anyway, there's a much easier way, and let's think about this for a moment.


    Launchpad automatically adds apps that it detects in your Applications folder ... So, if you don't want a particular app in Launchpad, then maybe it shouldn't be in your Applications folder? Or maybe you can just dump all of your unwanted apps into an "Other" folder in Launchpad?


    However - it's really easy to add apps to Launchpad WITHOUT hacking or opening Terminal. Simply put an alias of your app into your Applications folder (take out the word "alias" from the alias once it's moved). Et viola, your app-from-wherever-it-is-on-your-Mac is now in your Launchpad.


    You're welcome.

  • 27. Re: How to remove app from LaunchPad
    Boypogi Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Open Finder folder, then go to Applications, then select the application to be deleted. Good luck.

  • 28. Re: How to remove app from LaunchPad
    essaydoubleyou Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    I'm doing the same thing.  I have a Scanner application that created 15 distinct icons in LaunchPad.  I don't know what most of them do.  After searching for a reasonable way to delete them, I gave up and put them in a folder.  Just not how I want to spend my time.  Poor UI

  • 29. Re: How to remove app from LaunchPad
    Littleford Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    If you deleted the app (or folder) previously but can't delete it from launchpad, drag it to the dock, click and hold, and choose "Options-Show in Finder" then move it to the trash (and empty the trash).