How to refresh the Launchpad in OS X

One of the newer features in OS X is the Launchpad interface, which offers an iOS-like approach to application management in which programs are organized in a full-screen grid. While this interface should show the applications you have installed, sometimes you may find it missing a few that you need.

Unfortunately Apple does not offer any options for configuring Launchpad to add programs. If you hold the Option key when Launchpad is open, then, as with iOS, the programs will wiggle and allow you to collect them into folders or delete those you purchased from the Mac App Store; however, there is no way to simply remove a program from this interface while keeping it on your system, or add one that is on your system but not shown.

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Remove the contents of the Dock folder and then log out and back in to rebuild the Launchpad databases.

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