HOW TO: Use OS X Lion's iPad-Inspired Launchpad Feature

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One of the most flashy and iOS-inspired features in Mac OS X Lion is Launchpad, Apple’s new app launcher.

Launchpad is a new way to view a grid of apps you own on your Mac, much like how an iPad’s home screen looks.

It’s a good way to organise your apps so you’ll never have to dig through the Applications folder again.

And when you buy an app from the Mac App Store, it pops right into Launchpad.

How to launch Launchpad

To get started, either click the Launchpad rocket in your dock, or use this gesture.

The gesture is definitely more convenient if you have a MacBook with a trackpad, or a Magic Trackpad for your desktop Mac.

Here are all the apps you already have installed, plus apps you've installed via the Mac App Store.

Click any app to launch it. It pops into your dock to show it's running.

Drag an app to move it, or drag an app onto another app to create a folder. Click the folder label to rename it.

Swipe with two fingers to move between pages, or click and drag with a mouse to move between pages.

As of now, you can only delete apps you've downloaded from the Mac App Store through the Launchpad. Click and hold an app until the apps jiggle and a black X appears.

If you want to exit Launchpad without choosing an app, click a part of the screen where there aren't apps, or spread your fingers outwards on the trackpad.

Now that you've learned how to use Launchpad....

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