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 :
defaults write com.apple.dock 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  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.
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.