OS X Lion: How to Create Folders in Launchpad

You can organize your Launchpad to make it easier to locate applications by creating folders. These folders look and function much like those in iOS.

Instead of having to scroll through screen after screen to find your application, you can organize your applications into folders in Launchpad, making them easier to locate.

To create a folder in Launchpad:

1. Click and hold the icon of an app and move it to the icon of another app that you wish it to share a folder with.

2. When the icon you moved to turns into a white outlined box, release the app icon.

3. Your folder will appear. To change the title of the folder, simply doubleclick on the existing title and input a new title.

4. Simply drag and drop any additional apps that you wish to occupy the folder.


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12 Responses to “OS X Lion: How to Create Folders in Launchpad”

  1. July 21, 2011 at 7:34 am, Shiny said:

    I wonder if I’m the only person to have this problem but, when I place several apps in a folder in Launchpad (by dragging them on top of eachother) I am unable to move them back out. When it’s just two apps, no problem. When it’s three or more, as soon as it’s in the folder, that’s where it’s staying. No way to move whatsoever. What gives?


    • July 24, 2011 at 7:12 am, Saaur said:

      I have the same problem….and seem unable to fix it :(


  2. July 26, 2011 at 12:34 pm, Brian said:

    How do you rename them (folders) to you liking not Apples.


    • July 26, 2011 at 12:38 pm, Rob Rogers said:

      Double-click the title that is provided and then input the desired title for your folder.


  3. August 03, 2011 at 11:04 pm, Albert Cp said:

    To remove drag the icon out of the band


    • August 04, 2011 at 9:50 am, Shiny said:

      How did you think I tried to move the icon out of the folder? Just by looking at it?
      Obviously, that doesn’t work…

      When someone asks: “I don’t see anything on my screen!” You’ll probably answer: ” Have you tried looking at it?”


  4. September 17, 2011 at 7:34 am, tim said:

    Works for me, dragging out of the band that appears across the screen when the folder is open – which …may …be confused with the band around the folder when it’s closed?


  5. September 19, 2011 at 2:37 pm, Wou Ki said:

    I had the same problem. No matter what I tried I could not drag the apps out of a folder with more than three apps in it. Then I realized it was the Wacom tablet I used. When I use a mouse or trackpad I have no problem dragging apps in and out of launchpad folders. With the Wacom it doesn’t work, weird huh? Hope that helps someone.


  6. December 17, 2011 at 2:38 pm, dmfriend said:

    Wou Ki, that worked perfectly. That was driving me crazy. Thanks for experimenting.


  7. December 22, 2011 at 1:32 am, Ronald Eijpe said:

    Yes, the remark about Wacom did help someone. Me. Thanks!


  8. September 27, 2012 at 3:05 pm, Stefano said:

    Wou Ki ! you are great !


  9. December 24, 2012 at 4:11 pm, rembem said:

    I have the same. Wacom is the problem. Thanks!


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