OSX Lion – Where’s that Launchpad keyboard shortcut?

One neat new feature of OSX Lion is the Launchpad application which gives you an iOS-like springboard for starting applications.  By default there is no keyboard shortcut for Launchpad.  To add your own go to System Prefs-> Keyboard -> Keyboard Shortcuts -> Launchpad & Dock -> Show Launchpad.  Double click the whitespace to the right where the keys are normally displayed and add your own.

Category : OS X Lion

12 Comments → “OSX Lion – Where’s that Launchpad keyboard shortcut?”


  1. Mark

    6 years ago

    Thanks for the tip. I got it to work, finally! For some reason, it wouldn’t let me change the keyboard shortcut right away.

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  2. Matt Ritter

    6 years ago

    I have a 2008 Macbook. Doesn’t work for me. I can assign it, but it doesn’t work when I use the shortcut. Frustrating.

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  3. admin

    6 years ago

    I’ve heard a few reports of shortcuts not working or only working for 30 minutes then disappearing. Probably a bug, not sure why this is.

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  4. Aaron

    6 years ago

    Thank you! Works Perfectly!

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  5. Andres

    6 years ago

    yes mine worked only for a while but now it doesn’t work anymore

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  6. Terrance Shaw

    6 years ago

    Awesome, was freaking out about that for a bit there. Thanks for the heads up!

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  7. HectorRamirezPappe

    6 years ago

    Since Front Row is dead, assign LaunchPad to the ol’ shortcut for Front Row – “Cmd + Esc”. It’s totally vacant.

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  8. Kain Tietzel

    6 years ago

    Thanks so much. I can’t believe that it didn’t come with a default shortcut keystroke in the first place!

    p.s. have gone with @hectorramirezpap’s CMD+Esc

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  9. Allan Schmitt

    6 years ago

    Easy !! Thanks!! Very good! =)

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  10. adminalex

    6 years ago

    I’ve heard a few reports of shortcuts not working or only working for 30 minutes then disappearing. Probably a bug, not sure why this is.

    i have the same situation. after installation i setup shortcut(F5) and it work great. in half an hour for F5 key pressing did like F3 action.

    a u solved this problem?

    p.s. sorry for English :)

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    • admin

      6 years ago

      I have not solved it but I suspect that it may have something to do with choosing a function key. I’ve mapped Launchpad to Command-L. Perhaps try re-mapping to a something other than an F#-key

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  11. Fernando Fragoso

    5 years ago

    What’s happening is something that almost got me mad.

    The problem is. Imagine you have a brand new Apple Keyboard a1243 with Launchpad Key. And you’re trying for example to put your 2008 Macbook Black notebook activating the function with F5. If you want to comeback and put again in F4 for the Wired Keyboard you cant. Only removing the .plist that defines that codes. It’s kinda annoying bug.

    The solution is this one.

    Open Terminal and type:

    rm ~/Library/Preferences/com.apple.symbolichotkeys.plist

    then log out and log in again. Will solve the problem and the USB a1243 will recover the Launchpad function again.

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