How to Add Launchpad to the Dock on a Mac

Last Updated: Feb 27, 2024 by

If you’re a Mac user, you may have noticed that the Launchpad icon is not automatically included in the Dock. This can be frustrating for those who frequently use Launchpad to access their applications. Luckily, there is a simple solution to this problem. In this article, we will guide you through the steps to add Launchpad to the Dock on a Mac.

What is Launchpad?

Before we dive into the steps, let’s first understand what Launchpad is. Launchpad is a feature on Mac that allows you to view and open all of your applications in one place. It is similar to the app drawer on an iPhone or iPad. Launchpad is a convenient way to access your applications, especially if you have a large number of them.

Step 1: Open Launchpad

The first step is to open Launchpad. You can do this by clicking on the Launchpad icon in the Dock or by using the keyboard shortcut “F4”. This will bring up the Launchpad interface, where you can see all of your applications.

Step 2: Drag the Launchpad Icon to the Dock

Next, you will need to locate the Launchpad icon in the Launchpad interface. It should be in the first row of icons, towards the left. Click and hold on the Launchpad icon, then drag it to the Dock. You can place it anywhere on the Dock, depending on your preference.

Step 3: Release the Icon

Once you have dragged the Launchpad icon to the Dock, release it. The icon will now be added to the Dock, and you can access Launchpad with just one click.

Step 4: Remove the Icon from the Dock (Optional)

If you decide that you no longer want the Launchpad icon on your Dock, you can easily remove it. Simply click and hold on the icon, then drag it out of the Dock. Once you see the “Remove” label appear, release the icon. This will remove the Launchpad icon from the Dock.

Step 5: Customize the Icon (Optional)

You can also customize the Launchpad icon on your Dock. Right-click on the icon and select “Options”. From here, you can choose to keep the icon in the Dock even when Launchpad is not open, or you can change the size of the icon.


Adding Launchpad to the Dock on a Mac is a simple process that can save you time and make accessing your applications more convenient. By following these steps, you can easily add or remove the Launchpad icon from your Dock. You can also customize the icon to your liking. Give it a try and see how it improves your Mac experience.

Have you added Launchpad to your Dock? Let us know in the comments if this tip was helpful for you.

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