❤ How to Disable Launchpad on Mac

How to turn off Launchpad on Mac



Interested in disabling Launchpad on Mac? If you want to turn off the Launchpad for whatever reason or to stop accidentally opening Launchpad in MacOS, you can turn the feature off completely.

For some quick background, Launchpad is a feature in MacOS that reveals a screen of app icons, sort of reminiscent to the appearance of an iPad or iPhone. Launchpad can be accessed by gesture, F button, or by opening the Launchpad app from the Dock or Applications folder. Some users may find this feature to be really helpful, whereas others may find it to be less useful particularly if they’re accessing Launchpad through an accidental pinch gesture on trackpad, or tapping on the F4 key, or clicking the app Dock icon.

This article will show how to disable the Launchpad gesture, remove the Launchpad Dock icon, and disable remove the Launchpad F button trigger on Mac to turn Launchpad off.


How to Disable Launchpad Gesture on Mac


This applies to turning off the Launchpad gesture on all Macs using a Trackpad :

  • Pull down the  Apple menu and go to “System Preferences”
  • Choose “Trackpad” then choose “More Gestures”
  • Locate “Launchpad” in the list of gestures and uncheck the box next to “Launchpad” to disable the Launchpad pinch gesture on Mac



How to disable Launchpad gesture on Mac



  • Close System Preferences


That will disable the Launchpad pinch gesture.

You may also want to remove the Launchpad app icon from the Mac Dock.


How to Remove Launchpad from Mac Dock


  • Click and hold on the Launchpad icon, then drag it out of the dock and wait a moment for the ‘Remove’ label to appear, then drop the Launchpad icon


That will remove Launchpad from the Dock on the Mac.

Finally, you may be interested in changing or removing the keyboard shortcut for Launchpad on the Mac.


How to Change or Remove Launchpad Keyboard Shortcut on Mac


  • Pull down the  Apple menu and go to “System Preferences”
  • Go to “Keyboards” and then to “Shortcuts” and choose “Launchpad & Dock”
  • Uncheck the box for “Show Launchpad” to disable it, otherwise click the keyboard shortcut to set it to something else



How to disable Launchpad keyboard shortcut on Mac



This process should be familiar to anyone who has set a custom keyboard shortcut on Mac except that rather than creating a new one you’re either disabling or changing an existing keystroke combination.

Obviously this is geared towards disabling Launchpad, but if you don’t want to turn off the feature and you instead enjoy it, then there are plenty of Launchpad tips we’ve discussed before to browse through.