If you’re like us, chances are you have a bunch of apps installed on your Mac. There are several different ways to access and organize those apps, but the built-in macOS LaunchPad continues to be one of the more popular options out there.
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Unfortunately, organization options within LaunchPad are pretty limited. You can create folders and manually rearrange apps, but it’s a really strenuous and tedious process overall. It also doesn’t account for new apps that you install which automatically appear within LaunchPad. Thankfully, there’s a solution to your organization woes courtesy of LaunchPadder which was shared on the r/macapps subreddit.
How to Sort Apps in Launchpad on Mac With LaunchPadder
LaunchPadder is a free app that can be downloaded directly from GitHub, or through the developer’s dedicated website for the app. Once you’ve downloaded and installed LaunchPadder, you’ll be presented with the following categories along with a “welcome screen”.
- Keep all Apple applications on top.
- How to treat applications and folders
- How to treat folders
- Roll Call
- These names come first.
- These names come later.
- How to treat bundle ids (Ascending or Descending)
- How to treat categories (Ascending or Descending).
- How to treat unknown category apps
- How to treat names (Ascending or Descending).
- Perform localized sorting for non-Latin characters, e.g. Chinese.
- How to treat application icon colors (Hue Ascending or Hue Descending)
- How to treat grey colors.
- How to treat usages.
When you’re going through and setting up the different sort rules within LaunchPadder, you’ll see a Sort button in the bottom right corner. After you’ve made your changes for each rule, make sure you hit that button in order to save the preferences.
In the sidebar on the left, you’ll also see that there are three vertical lines next to each sorting option. This allows you to change the priority of the rules, for those who want to sort apps in LaunchPad on Mac.
Additionally, toggles are available for each sorting option within LaunchPadder. As you would suspect, these toggles simply turn the various sorting options on or off, depending on whether you want to play around with the layout of LaunchPad.
According to the LaunchPadder website, version 1.0 of the app was released in April of 2022. Since then, there have been several updates made to the app, providing new features, optimizations, and bug fixes. At the time of this writing, the most recent release is version 1.4.
In terms of compatibility, LaunchPadder originally was released requiring at least macOS 11 (Big Sur). However, a later update reduced that OS requirement to macOS 10.15 (Catalina). And if you’re someone who owns either an M1 or M2 Mac, then you’ll be happy to learn that this app supports both Intel and Apple Silicon-powered Mac computers.
As we noted earlier, LaunchPadder is free to download, allowing you to properly sort LaunchPad apps on Mac with ease.
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He has written for a variety of sites over the years, including iMore, Android Central, Phandroid, and a few others. Now, he spends his days working for an HVAC company, while moonlighting as a freelance writer at night.