Clean Up OS X Lion Launchpad

I’m not especially a big fan of the OSX Lion Launchpad, but it pops up every once in a while. It would really bother me that it showed every single app in my Applications folder, including uninstallers and prefpanes and who knows what else. The feature seems to be a little buggy and not quite completely thought out, so I’ve noticed moving icons around and trying to remove icons from the list doesn’t always seem to hold up across restarts. However, I found this little prefpane that does help get rid of the apps you don’t want to see in Lauchpad.

It’s called Launchpad-Control, and you can download it here: http://chaosspace.de/launchpad-control/

Launchpad-Control simply adds a prefpane for Launchpad and lets you uncheck a checkbox for any app in Launchpad that you don’t want to show up there. It’s donation-ware, so if you don’t want to pay, you don’t have to. It seems to be working great for me, so I thought I’d put it out here in case anyone else is searching for ways to make Launchpad look a little better.

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Scott Allen is a web developer from Indianapolis, Indiana. He has been working with PHP/MySQL and Flash/Actionscript since the late '90s, and has extensive experience in database design and development, server-side scripting, and front-end user experience, especially in the creation of educational content. Connect with Scott on Twitter, Facebook, or Google+
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