Apple Mac Book Pro, Launchpad Order Items Alphabetically

How do I order items in Mac Book Pro Alphabetically in Launchpad? They are currently unorganized and I want to order. Right clicking to order does not have menu to sort .

Following command does not work either,

defaults write com.apple.dock ResetLaunchPad -bool true; killall Dock

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Currently have MacBook Pro 15-inch, 2018. Mac OS Big Sur

Prefer to look for automated auto arrange solution, not Manually dragging/dropping

Answers 2

  • As the Launchpad cannot be ordered alphabetically, except manually, I suggest to use instead the Applications folder which is already ordered alphabetically:

    Drag the Applications folder onto the Dock, ensure that it is set as a Stack and sorted in Name, and use it instead.

    A useful third-party software product is Launchpad Manager, commercial license at $7.99 for up to 5 computers, and a trial is available. It can do the ordering and much more.

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  • You can order them alphabetically... manually. Just drag them into the order you want. I've never heard of another way to sort/view in Launchpad, but I also never use it anyway.

    If I want to launch Slack (and if it's not in my Dock), I press my Spotlight shortcut key (Cmd-Space), type "Slack", then Return.

    Or setup a keyboard-shortcut tool. I use Apptivate to launch my most-used apps.

    Maybe if Apple had a touch-screen the Launchpad would make sense, but until then, there are much better ways to find and launch apps...


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