How to Add Launchpad Button Back to Mac Dock [macOS Tutorial]

Uzair Ghani
Add Launchpad icon back to the macOS Dock

Accidentally deleted the Launchpad button from the macOS Dock? Here's how you can add it back on your Mac in a few easy steps.

Get the Launchpad Icon Back in the macOS Dock on Your Mac in a Few Easy Steps

Although there are trackpad gestures to jump straight into Launchpad - pinch in using four fingers - but accessing it from the Dock is also an option. And if you find yourself in a situation where you accidentally deleted the Launchpad icon from the Dock, then don't panic, as you can add it back in a few simple steps.

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Step 1. Launch Finder from the Dock.

Step 2. Now click on Applications from the left hand side area.

Step 3. Find the Launchpad icon.

Step 4. Now simply drag the Launchpad icon to the Dock and place it wherever you like.

With the Launchpad back in the Dock, you can now simply click on the icon and access all your apps from an iPad-like Home Screen interface. See, it wasn't that difficult at all.

Although the process of adding the Launchpad icon back to the Dock is easy, but it's a mega confusing thing to do if you're doing it for the first time. Who knew Apple treated Launchpad like an app icon and it simply needed to be dragged back into the Dock, right? Now you know.

Although Launchpad is an amazing feature on the Mac, but it is simply not customizable at all. It can do with features like the ability to place icons wherever we like or maybe even widgets, a feature which is currently limited to just the Notification Center on the Mac. Think iPadOS and its Home Screen and you'll know exactly what I'm trying to say here.

Anyway, if you ever, by accident, deleted Launchpad from the dock in macOS, you now know how to add it back right up. It's not simple at first, but once you try it yourself, you'll be tossing the icon around like a champ the second time onwards.

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