How to Add Launchpad to the Dock on Mac

Is the iOS-inspired app launcher missing from the Dock on your Mac? Let me walk you through the quick steps to show the Launchpad in the Dock on your Mac!

When app launcher proved to be a big hit on iOS, Apple introduced “Launchpad”–the iOS-style app launcher—with OS X Lion. And guess what, most folks (including me) found the new add-on pretty adorable. To make the most of this neat feature, I ensure that Launchpad is added to my Mac Dock.

So, whenever I want to navigate through all the installed apps to spot the unwanted ones or quickly jump onto specific ones, I don’t have to hop around. If you aren’t using Launchpad much or want to include it in the Dock, let me help you get started!

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Launchpad Missing from Dock: How to Show Launchpad in Mac Dock

Step #1. Launch Finder on your Mac.

Launch Finder on your Mac

Step #2. Now, click on Applications.

Click on Applications in Mac Finder

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Step #3. Next, drag Launchpad and drop it on the Dock.

Drag Launchpad and drop it on the Dock on Mac

That’s all there is to it!

Going forward, whenever you want to navigate through apps or instantly access a specific one, click on the Launchpad icon. Now, you can view all of your apps on the screen.

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How to Remove Launchpad from Mac Dock

At any time you don’t want to show the Launchpad in the Dock, you can easily remove it from there.

Step #1. Right click on the Launchpad.

Step #2. Now, click on Options ➤ Remove from Dock.

Right click on Launchpad and Remove from Mac Dock

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That’s it!

Wrapping up:

Now that you know how to get the most out of this well thought out feature, use it to ramp up your productivity or boost experience. And yes, don’t fail to let us know your valuable thoughts about it.

Besides, if you find any other iOS feature worth bringing on the macOS, do tell us about that as well.

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Jignesh Padhiyar
Jignesh Padhiyar is the founder of who has a keen eye for news, rumors and all the unusual stuff that happens around iPhone and iPad.


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