MacOS Yosemite: Apps still in Launchpad after removal

By | 2015/03/26

Recently I have removed some apps from my Macbook Air, as I’ve noticed that is definitely not a gaming PC. In concrete I am talking about Steam, the Gaming Platform and two games. Neither the Mac Book Air is designed for games, nor the small SSD can handle too much data.

So what I did was the following:

  • I removed the Games from Steam
  • I pulled Steam into the Trash
  • Empty the trash

After doing this I noticed that the games and the Steam app still appears on the launchpad.

Following some research on the internet, I have tried to reset my launchpad with the following commands following Nick Man [1]:

defaults write ResetLaunchPad -bool true; killall Dock

But actually when I did this, the “ghost” apps still existed. In addition to that the whole order of my apps – grouping them over years to make it personally usable for me – has been vanished. Apple has now rearanged my apps in their order. Big Dislike!

Also the remove and rebuild of the Dock as described in [2] with the following command did not work out:

rm ~/Library/Application\ Support/Dock/*.db; killall Dock

After some time, when I got used to the “ghost apps”, I ended up in a Finder folder, where suddenly the “ghost apps” showed up.

Screenshot at März 25 17-04-00

And believe it or not – removing them from this folder, I finally got rid of my “ghost apps”. So two things I have learned from this lesson:

  • There are user-specific applications existing in ~/Applications
  • Sometimes the solution for a problem is easier than expected.

[1], Ultimative Guide to Fixing and Resetting OSX Yosemite LaunchPad 

[2], Reset LaunchPad to fix persistent empty folder bug 

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