I don’t know a single Mac user with 10 years of experience that also uses OS X’s Launchpad. Think of the icons on your iPhone and iPad but filling up the entire screen. That’s Launchpad. They even work the same way as on iOS. Click. Rearrange. Jiggle.
Alright, I’m being somewhat of an elitist and definitely old school here. Launchpad works fine on iPhone and iPad, so why shouldn’t it work just as well for Mac newbies on OS X? New Mac customers are likely comfortable with the Launchpad interface already, so here’s a little management tool to help them out.
It’s called Launchpad Manager. It manages the Launchpad on OS X. Well, duh. Big whoop, right?
Actually, the app brings to Launchpad a few features Apple left out. For example, there’s an easier way to rename icons and groups on Launchpad. Cleaning up a mess of Launchpad icons is easier, too. Select the app icons. Click.
I get the most fun using Launchpad Manager to reorganize my groups and app icon locations. And, deleting apps.
What happens when you delete an app from Launchpad? Use Launchpad Manager to add any app to the screen. A few other tricks are equally handy, including a simple option to alphabetize the app icons. You can also move icons to another page, create an empty page and move icons to that page, save screen layouts, and reload the favorite if it gets messed up.
Launchpad is well done, but not without a few issues. Sometimes it forgets the last setting changes. But that’s a minor nit if you save and reload different layouts. There’s a free version to try out, and a Pro-level version with a few more features.
This might be the easiest way to get your Mac to look and work like your iPhone and iPad.