Launchpad (OS X)

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Launchpad
Launchpad Icon.png
Launchpad on OS X El Capitan.png
Launchpad as seen in OS X El Capitan.
Developer(s) Apple Inc.
Stable release
1.0 / September 9, 2014; 2 years ago (2014-09-09)
Written in Objective-C
Operating system OS X
Type Application launcher
Website www.apple.com/osx

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 OS X, compared with other options such as the Dock (toolbar launcher), Finder (file manager), or Spotlight (desktop search).[citation needed]

Features[edit]

Launchpad is designed to resemble the SpringBoard interface in iOS.[1]

Initially, the Launchpad screen is populated with the computer programs listed in the "Applications" folder in 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. In Mac OS X Lion, Launchpad had eight icons per row; this was changed[why?] in OS X Mountain Lion to seven icons per row.[citation needed]However, with proper root permission, by adjusting some settings users can change the number of icon rows and columns in launchpad.[2]

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 Mountain Lion.[3]

In OS X Mavericks, Launchpad's background became a blurred version of the user's desktop background, and folders departed from the "linen" texture underlay, replaced with a darker translucent background (part of the move away from skeumorphism).[4]

As of OS X Yosemite, folders in Launchpad now closely resemble those of iOS; rounded translucent squares with a 3x3 icon grid preview (of the contained applications) when closed, expanding into larger rectangular variants when opened. Furthermore, folders can now be paginated to accommodate more applications.[5]

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References[edit]

  1. ^ "Mac OS X Tutorial – 10.8 Mountain Lion". University of Toronto Faculty of Dentistry. Retrieved 8 February 2016. 
  2. ^ "Change launchpad icon rows and columns to fit more icons". TutPosts. May 23, 2015. Retrieved 2016-02-13. 
  3. ^ "Use Launchpad Search to Quickly Open Apps in OS X". OS X Daily. October 8, 2012. Retrieved 2013-03-04. 
  4. ^ "Launchpad folders are now semi-translucent in Mavericks". Tips and tricks in Mavericks. Retrieved 8 February 2016. 
  5. ^ Viticci, Federico. "OS X Yosemite: Tips, Tricks, and Details". MacStories. Retrieved 8 February 2016. 

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