How To Get Launchpad Back On Mac

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Are you having trouble getting Launchpad back on your Mac? Don’t worry, we’re here to help! Launchpad is an incredibly useful feature that comes pre-installed on Mac computers. It allows you to quickly access and organize all the apps installed on your computer. Unfortunately, if it is removed from the Dock, it can be difficult to get it back.

Fortunately, adding Launchpad back to the Dock can be done in just a few simple steps. First, open up a Finder window and navigate to the Applications folder. Once you’re in the folder, locate the Launchpad app and drag it onto your Dock. Now, you should see the Launchpad icon on your Dock and you can open it by clicking it or using the Control Strip.

Once you have opened Launchpad, you can do more than just launch apps; you can also rearrange them by dragging them around in the Dock. If you accidentally remove an app icon from the Dock, no worries – simply open up the app again and its icon will reappear in the Dock. To keep an app permanently in the Dock, just control-click its icon and choose Options > Keep in Dock from the menu that appears.

If for some reason you want to close out of Launchpad without opening an app first, just click anywhere (except on an app) or press Esc.

We hope this guide has been helpful in getting Launchpad back on your Mac!

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Troubleshooting Launchpad Not Appearing on Mac

It’s possible that your Mac’s Dock has become cluttered, causing the Launchpad icon to be off-screen. To fix this, open a Finder window, select the ‘Go’ menu, and then click on the ‘Applications’ folder. From there you can drag the Launchpad app to the Dock so that it displays again. Alternatively, you can right-click on any icon in the Dock and select ‘Options’, then choose ‘Keep in Dock’ to make sure that all of your apps stay visible.

Locating the Launchpad on a Mac

Your Launchpad can be found in the Dock on your Mac. To open it, simply click on the Launchpad icon. Alternatively, you can use the Control Strip to open it. To close Launchpad without opening an app, click anywhere outside of the Launchpad window or press Esc.

Retrieving a Missing Dock Icon on a Mac

If you’ve accidentally removed an app icon from the Dock on your Mac, don’t worry—it’s easy to get it back. First, open the app so its icon appears again in the Dock. Then, Control-click the app’s icon and choose Options > Keep in Dock. This will add the icon back to the Dock. If you want to rearrange items in the Dock, simply drag an item to a new location.


In conclusion, Launchpad is a great tool for Mac users to quickly access and organize applications on their desktops. It provides an easy way to launch apps and customize the Dock to suit your needs. By using Launchpad, you can quickly find and open apps without having to search through multiple folders or windows. Additionally, it also allows you to rearrange items in the Dock by simply dragging them around. All in all, Launchpad is a useful and efficient tool that helps Mac users stay organized and get the most from their Mac experience.

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James Walker

James Walker has a deep passion for technology and is our in-house enthusiastic editor. He graduated from the School of Journalism and Mass Communication, and loves to test the latest gadgets and play with older software (something we’re still trying to figure out about himself). Hailing from Iowa, United States, James loves cats and is an avid hiker in his free time.