Launchpad (OS X)
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Launchpad on OS X Mountain Lion
|Original author(s)||Apple Inc.|
|Initial release||20 July 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 a computer program by single-clicking its icon. Launchpad's fullscreen graphical user interface provides an alternative way to start computer programs in Mac OS X, compared with the Dock, Finder and Spotlight.
Initially, the Launchpad screen is populated with the computer programs listed in the "Applications" folder in Mac OS X. The user can add/remove application icons to Launchpad (note that removing an application's icon may not delete it if it was not downloaded from the Mac App Store). Apps can be arranged in named folders like in iOS. The user may 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 in Mountain Lion to seven icons per row.
In Mac OS X Lion, the function key F4 is a keyboard shortcut to Launchpad. Apple's gesture recognition software may interpret a thumb-and-three-finger pinch on a touchpad as a command to open Launchpad.
See also 
- "Use Launchpad Search to Quickly Open Apps in OS X". OS X Daily. October 8, 2012. Retrieved March 4, 2013.
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