The macOS Launchpad is a beautiful tool that provides instant access to your installed applications. It uses a grid-based system similar to the home screen on the iPhone and other iPads. And, like on iOS devices, you can drag apps around and create folders too!
Did you create your own Launchpad with custom folders and app orders? Did you like the result? In that case, you can reset it easily. It will change back to the way Launchpad was when it first appeared. This is an easy fix for any bugs related to missing icons or other issues on the screen.
To reset Launchpad, you must send a series of commands to the Terminal. Everything is quite simple; follow the step-by-step instructions we’ve provided below.
Resetting the Mac Launchpad
1. Open the Finder app., then go to “Applications” > “Utilities” and open Terminal.
2. Copy and paste the following command:
defaults write com.apple.dock ResetLaunchPad -bool true; killall dock
then press return and wait for Launchpad to restart.
Ready! Follow these two steps whenever possible; your Mac will present Launchpad in the default order.