Custom Launchpad in macOS itself under

At first glance it may seem that the macOS interface is impossible to fine-tune to fit your needs. Yes, it’s true – if you use only predefined options in “System settings”. However, armed with the command line, and approaching the process with the mind, the user receives almost limitless possibilities for customization.

For example, this article, we will explain how you can configure Launchpad — change grid and icon size of apps. Sometimes this is useful, because with a large screen diagonal, the space is often used inefficiently.

  • Run the application “Terminal” using Spotlight or any other convenient method.
  • In the command prompt window we have to enter the following command:

The first parameter is the number of icons per row. Is initially 7 icons. To change this setting can be put any number instead of the variable “N”.

defaults write springboard-columns -int N

For example, if you want to install eight icons in a row:

defaults write springboard-columns -int 8

The second parameter is the number of icons in columns. Initially selected 5 icons.

defaults write springboard-rows-int N

As an example, put six:

defaults write springboard-rows -int 7

  • You must now restart Launchpad with the following command:

killall Dock

You will see the result immediately. The structure and order of applications will remain will only the mesh. An example of how it will look:


To return all as was, enough in order to type these commands:

defaults delete springboard-rows
defaults delete springboard-columns
killall Dock

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