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Mac OS X El Capitan, Launchpad is one of the options you use to open applications. Launchpad is similar to the home screen of iPhone or iPad devices whereby your installed and built-in apps icon are arranged using sorting options. They are arranged in rows and columns. On your Mac, applications icons are arranged in default seven rows and five columns. If you don't like this default arrangement of apps icons, you can customize the grid. This will be done using Terminal which means you will have to copy some command lines into your OS X Terminal. In this tutorial, I explained how you can change Launchpad application icon grid in Mac OS X El Captain using Terminal. Follow the steps below


1. Launch Terminal from Applications or Utilities or by searching it with Spotlight search.

2. Now paste in the below command lines in the Terminal.

Note: Make sure you change the capital letter X to the number of columns you want and the capital letter Y to the number of rows  you want.

defaults write com.apple.dock springboard-columns -int X;defaults write com.apple.dock springboard-rows -int Y;defaults write com.apple.dock ResetLaunchPad -bool TRUE;killall Dock


Assuming you want to display Launchpad grid to 5 (columns) x 6 (rows), you can edit the above command as below:

defaults write com.apple.dock springboard-columns -int 5;defaults write com.apple.dock springboard-rows -int 6;defaults write com.apple.dock ResetLaunchPad -bool TRUE;killall Dock

3. Now press the Return and wait for Dock and Launchpad to refresh.

4. Open the Launchpad and see the difference in the new customized grid.

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