How to Sort the Icons in Launchpad Alphabetically

Update: This doesn't work on Mojave (Anyway to reset Mojave launchpad alphabetically?).

You can do this with terminal command:

defaults write ResetLaunchPad -bool true; killall Dock

This will arrange all apple stock/system applications on the first launchpad page in the default order. On the second, third etc. page all the other apps will be arranged alphabetically.

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5 thoughts on “How to Sort the Icons in Launchpad Alphabetically”

  1. It separates the Apple applications and system applications but it doesn’t sort them alphabetically on Mac OS Big Sur v11.1.

  2. First, you can set your default Launchpad columns and rows with the following commands:
    1) If your icons are already sorted in a particular order, know that you will need to reorganize them from scratch afterwards.
    2) This will move the Apple icons to the first page and all the others to following pages but not in alphabetical order.
    3) Replace the X with your preferred numbers. I personally like 6 and 6, but you can try 10 and 8 or anything up to 24; the icons will get progressively smaller the larger the numbers you enter.
    Here are the commands:
    defaults write springboard-columns -int X;
    defaults write springboard-rows -int X;
    defaults write ResetLaunchPad -bool TRUE;killall Dock

    Second, now that they are placed on the launchpad you can sort them alphabetically manually:

    You open the Launchpad, press and hold the fn key, select any app, the icons start to wiggle, you can drag the around with you mouse or trackpad. I personally keep my “favorites on the top row of the second page and then sort the others mostly by name but relegating the least used to the last/bottom.

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