OS X — Change the Number of Icons Per Row/Column in Launchpad


I personally don’t use Launchpad, which is designed to make it easier to manage your apps iOS-style. Instead, I prefer to use Spotlight or the Dock to launch whatever I may need at the moment, but I know that some people swear by it. The default grid is a 7×5 array of icons, with the options of putting them in folders. This can be changed.

Change the Grid

To change the numbers of items per row and/or column, you need to:

  1. Launch Terminal.
  2. Type in the following command in one line:

Please note the X and Y in the commands above. These need to be changed to numerical values, eg. 10 and 8, as per the example below.

The above command change the look of Launchpad from the header example to the one below:


You can of course choose almost any number for X and Y.

Revert to Defaults

If you would like to return to the default settings, please use the 7 and 5 as the values for X and Y:

Have fun!

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