So, I love much of what I’ve played with in Lion but the inability to customize the launchpad beyond the basics of deleting apps to make them disappear, redoing code to only have all the apps reappear after adding a new app was a frustrating experience to say the least. But, here is a great little tip on how to clean up your launchpad and start fresh.
- Open your Utilities folder and choose Terminal
- In case you need to restore it, it’s a good idea to backup the current launchpad config. To do so, enter the following into terminal: mkdir ~/Desktop/DB_Backup
- Then, enter the following: cp ~/Library/Application\ Support/Dock/*.db ~/Desktop/DB_Backup/
- Finally, enter:
sqlite3 ~/Library/Application\ Support/Dock/*.db 'DELETE FROM apps;'
&& killall Dock
You should be set….if you see empty app folders, just drag an app into it and out of it and you’ll see it disappear. Thanks to the folks at cultofmac for their help with this.