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How To Change Grid Layout For LaunchPad On Mac OS X


Launchpad on your Mac OS X looks like your iOS home screen and is used to quickly launch applications on your device. By default, the launchpad displays 7 columns and 5 rows, however, some people may not like these many icons displayed in their LanuchPad and may want to change it. You can change it by using a few simple commands in the Terminal app.

In this tutorial, we will tell you about a few simple steps you can follow that involve writing commands in the Terminal App. If you are at ease with using the Terminal app then go ahead and follow this tutorial, if not then let the grid layout remain the same. We will be showing you two ways to change the grid layout, the first way uses compound commands whereas, in the second way the compound commands are broken in to smaller commands.

To adjust the Icon Grid Count follow the steps below:

Step 1: Click on Applications

Step 2: Click on Utilities.

Step 3: Now open Terminal Application

Step 4: Write the following command in the command line :

defaults write springboard-columns -int X;defaults write springboard-rows -int X;defaults write ResetLaunchPad -bool TRUE;killall Dock

In the above code replace the first X with the number of columns and the second X with the number of rows to be displayed in the grid.

Step 5: Click on return.

Step 6: Wait for the Launchpad to refresh.

To change back to the default 7*5 grid icon setting replace the first X with 7 and the second X with 5 in the above command.

You can also split the above command into multiple commands to change the grid icon Launchpad setting.

To change the column count, write the following command:

defaults write springboard-columns -int X

Where X is the number of columns.

To change the row count, write the following command:

defaults write springboard-rows -int X

Where X is the number of rows.

To reset the Launchpad write the following command:

defaults write ResetLaunchPad -bool TRUE;

To re-launch your Lanchpad write the following command:

killall Dock

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