MacOS Custom Launchpad

Are the icons too big in MacOS Launchpad? You can customize them. Here are the commands.

# change the launchpad icon size by changing the columns and rows
defaults write springboard-columns -int 10
defaults write springboard-rows -int 10
killall Dock
# reset the launchpd
defaults write ResetLaunchPad -bool TRUE
killall Dock
# reset to defaults
defaults delete springboard-columns 
defaults delete springboard-rows
killall Dock


Etcher allows you to safely and easily burn images to SD and USB drives. It has a simple interface, and and exclusively available on the Mac OS platform. Burning an image has never been easy. Just select an image (ISO), select a drive, and flash the image.

Etcher interface

CMD Shift Dot

If you’re using Finder on a Mac OS, the quickest way to display and hide hidden files is by using the Command + Shift + . (or the period) key combination. This key combination will toggle on and off the hidden files inside the Finder. By the way, this is only applicable if you have the Mac Sierra OS and above. I like the clean look better (without the hidden files), but the Command + Shift + . is pretty handy if you need to quickly look at hidden files.

Finder: Command + Shift + .

Split View on Mac

I use split views on Windows quite a bit at work. On my Mac at home, not so much. Here are the instructions if you’re curious how it’s done on the MacOS. I’ve done it a few times, but just like many things, if you don’t use it enough, you tend to forget it. So, here’s a quick post for a search on the blog later.

Enter the Split View

  1. Hold down the full-screen button in the upper-left corner of a window. 
  2. As you hold the button, the window shrinks and you can drag it to the left or right side of the screen.
  3. Release the button, then click another window to begin using both windows side by side
Here’s the full screen button.