Launchpad (OS X)
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|Initial release||July 20, 2011|
|Operating system||OS X|
Launchpad is an application launcher developed by Apple Inc., and introduced in Mac OS X Lion. A labeled icon represents each application listed in Launchpad. The user starts an application by single-clicking its icon. Launchpad's fullscreen graphical user interface provides an alternative way to start applications in Mac OS X, compared with other options such as the Dock (toolbar launcher), Finder (file manager), or Spotlight (desktop search).
Initially, the Launchpad screen is populated with the computer programs listed in the "Applications" folder in Mac OS X. 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. Although programs obtained by other means cannot be removed by Launchpad, some third party options exist. In Lion, the Launchpad has eight icons per row; this was changed[why?] in Mountain Lion to seven icons per row.
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.
- "Use Launchpad Search to Quickly Open Apps in OS X". OS X Daily. October 8, 2012. Retrieved 2013-03-04.
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