Launchpad (OS X)

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Launchpad
Launchpad Icon.png
Developer(s) Apple Inc.
Initial release July 20, 2011 (2011-07-20)
Written in Objective-C
Operating system OS X
Type Application launcher
Website www.apple.com/macosx/whats-new/launchpad.html

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).[citation needed]

Features[edit]

The Launchpad is designed to resemble the SpringBoard interface in iOS.[citation needed]

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.[citation needed]

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.[citation needed]

The ability to search applications was added in OS X 10.8 "Mountain Lion".[1]

In OS X Mavericks, folders were given a visual redesign as part of the move away from skeumorphism.[citation needed]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Use Launchpad Search to Quickly Open Apps in OS X". OS X Daily. October 8, 2012. Retrieved 2013-03-04. 

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