macOS – Organize and Sort Launchpad

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As I start to use a Mac more and more, there are little tips and questions that I come across. Recently, I noticed my Launchpad wasn’t very organized. I had some pages with only a few icons and there was no order to any of the icons. I know I can manually move them around, but this seemed tedious. After some searching, I came across a terminal command that works. I’ve tested it on macOS Sierra and macOS High Sierra.

Open the Terminal, and use this command:

defaults write ResetLaunchPad -bool true; killall Dock

After you press enter, it will kill your Dock for a few seconds, then it will re-launch.

If you go back into the Launchpad, you’ll see that the first page has the default Apple apps, then the other pages will have your apps organized in alphabetical order.

By | 2018-01-09T12:42:47+00:00 January 9th, 2018|Categories: Mac, Tech Tips|Tags: , , , , |2 Comments


  1. Marcos C. M. January 16, 2018 at 11:09 am - Reply

    Not at alphabetically order, i suppose. This will just reorganize the first page to have only original apps allocated. But the other pages (since page 2) will be sorted under Hash result, not name result.

  2. Marcos C. M. January 16, 2018 at 11:11 am - Reply

    Off course, if you’re using HFS+ table system, this will works, BUT… If u’re using AFS table system (new Apple format available on High Sierra) this will definitelly not work under a sort order.

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