OSX Lion – Remove Apps from Launchpad

So, Lion has been out for a little over a month now, and I bought it on launch day. I’ve yet to formulate an official article on Lion, but that doesn’t mean I don’t have my opinions on it. In general I really do like it, and I’ve not found any major faults with Lion, but that’s not to say there aren’t a few rough spots.

One new feature of Lion is the LaunchPad, which is basically an IOS app management interface. Using the gestures of a four finger pinch move, you can bring the LaunchPad up, and it behaves just like an iPad, except you can’t touch the Mac desktop screen (yet). LaunchPad is definitely useful, considering before this, you had to go digging in the Applications folder to find apps that you didn’t manually move into your dock. Unfortunately, Apple didn’t quite completely follow through with the LaunchPad. It shows EVERYTHING in the Applications folder, and there’s no way to hid some of the less useful apps. So, if you’ve got lots of applications installed on your desktop, or even segmented applications like Adobe’s Suties, you’ll have a ton of Applications that you might not need to use regularly, like all the Adobe Uninstallers (yeah, I use those a lot…). So, wouldn’t it be nice to get rid of those useless applications from the LaunchPad? Well, you can’t… The only workaround you have is to put them into a group of similarly useless applications. 

Fortunately, enterprising developers have found ways to hide these unwanted icons through command line tools, but honestly, who really wants to muck around in the unfriendly bowls of the mac to perform this simple task. Luckily, a talented developer at http://zoltanb.co.uk/launchpadcleaner/ created a nice little free app called “LaunchPad Cleaner”, which does the dirty work for you. The app has a simple interface where you can select items you no longer wish to see in the LaunchPad and remove them. The app also can easily undo the operations and allow you to add your own apps into the LaunchPad. A very handy utility to perform a set of operations Apple overlooked.