Windows 8.1 users probably know
they can press the Windows key to reveal the Start screen, begin typing to
filter all but specific apps, use arrow keys to select, then press return to
launch the selected app. It’s just as easy to launch items on your Mac, but you
may need to make a configuration change first.
MacBook owners, and other
users who have built-in or Bluetooth Apple trackpads may already know that as
an alternative to clicking the Launchpad item in the Dock, they can pinch a thumb
and three fingers on the trackpad.
To launch Launchpad, click its
icon in the Dock,
Or pinch thumb and three fingers
on the trackpad.
If you don’t have a trackpad, you
can easily configure a keyboard shortcut to activate Launchpad.
1. Open System Preferences
and click Keyboard.
2. Click the Shortcuts tab.
3. Click Launchpad &
4. Put a check mark next to Show Launchpad, then type in a
keyboard trigger combination of your choice.
Although Launchpad provides a very handy
way to launch apps, the following usage tips are important. Lion (Mac OS
10.7) featured the first version of Launchpad, but it lacked the functionality
provided in higher versions of the OS, so you will need Mountain Lion (OS X
10.8), Mavericks (OS X 10.9), or higher for all of these to work.
- Drag apps to the Launchpad icon in the Dock to make
them available when you activate Launchpad.
- Filter items while Launchpad is active by beginning to
type part of the desired item’s name.
- To avoid reaching for the mouse to click the desired
item, press return or enter when it is selected on the Launchpad screen.
If you change your mind, press escape to exit Launchpad.
- Navigate items by using the arrow keys. Use the command key
with the left or right arrow key to navigate between
multiple Launchpad screens.
- Drag items onto one another in the Launchpad screen to
create folders. Use Return or enter to open a folder, escape
to exit a folder.
- Hold down option while in Launchpad to reveal an
X that allows removal of supported Launchpad
items (items from the Mac App Store). If you delete it from your system
entirely then try to open it in Launchpad, a question mark will
appear, then you’ll see the X by its icon next time you hold down option
in Launchpad. 3rd party Launchpad utilities such as Launchpad
Manager and LaunchPad
simple methods for removing unsupported items from the Launchpad screen.