How to uninstall apps from Launchpad on Mac
Do you use Launchpad to open up your applications on a Mac, or do you use Command-Shift to do the same?
I’m in the latter group, but thought this tip, which lets you uninstall apps really easily directly from Launchpad may be useful.
How to uninstall apps from Launchpad
I’m no longer certain how many Mac users make use of Launchpad to open and access their applications, but it’s still quite a useful tool.
As well as letting you access software installed on your Mac, one of Launchpad’s lesser known features is the ability to delete software you no longer need.
Most Mac users delete items directly from within the Applications folder, or (far better) use tools such as AppZapper, which doesn’t just delete the app but also gets rid of all the cruft the app may leave behind.
Here’s a new Option
Launchpad lets you delete apps another way:
- Just open it up — tap the icon in the Dock, or press F4.
- Now Launchpad is open press and hold the Option
- You’ll see all the app icons begin trembling, just as you see them behave on iOS.
- You will see an X icon appear above any app that you can manage from Launchpad.
- You can then click the X icon to delete that particular app.
It’s not perfect: I have noticed applications purchased from outside of the App Store apps don’t always support this, but it should come in handy if you want to delete an app quickly.