OS X Lion: How to Create Folders in Launchpad

Posted July 20, 2011 by Rob Rogers in Apple Mac

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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  • Shiny

    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?

    • Saaur

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

  • Brian

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

    • http://www.tech-recipes.com/ Rob Rogers

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

  • Albert Cp

    To remove drag the icon out of the band

    • Shiny

      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?”

  • tim

    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?

  • Wou Ki

    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.

  • dmfriend

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

  • http://www.fortsa.nl Ronald Eijpe

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

  • Stefano

    Wou Ki ! you are great !

  • rembem

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