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How to Close the Loop For LaunchPad?

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oharamj Level 1 Level 1 (5 points)
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Mar 10, 2013 4:18 PM

The LaunchPad interface is a nice way to help migrate over those new OS X users who have previous iOS experience. 


Isn't there some way to close the loop by always having OS X return the user to the LaunchPad screen after they quit an application?


I've been looking into AppleScript and Automator, and sense maybe there's an avenue there but haven't yet found how this could be done.  There are some scripts out there that purport to close all visible applications, and I guess one could insert 'tell application "Launchpad" activate' but I'm not sure that's the best way.  Better to have the re-launch triggered on an application quit.


Is there something third-party that already exists?



MacBook, OS X Mountain Lion, Core 2 Duo, late 2009, 8 GB RAM
  • Barney-15E Level 7 Level 7 (33,240 points)
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    Mar 10, 2013 4:26 PM (in response to oharamj)

    You could just leave the Applications folder open on the Desktop.

    You could add the Applications folder to the Dock and show users how to click on that icon.

    You could put an alias to LaunchPad at the bottom, center of the Desktop and they could double-click that kind of like the Home button.

  • Barney-15E Level 7 Level 7 (33,240 points)
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    Mar 10, 2013 4:53 PM (in response to oharamj)

    But it isn't iOS. It is OS X. Teach them the difference. They'll never learn to use the system if you obfuscate the differences.

  • Barney-15E Level 7 Level 7 (33,240 points)
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    Mar 10, 2013 6:37 PM (in response to oharamj)

    There isn't a way to do anything you want. You may not like it, but that doesn't change the fact that the "feature" does not exist.


    You can provide feedback to Apple here:


    If you consider a truthful response sarcastic, you should grow a thicker skin.


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