[How To] Change Icon Size in Launchpad In Mac OS X Lion

If you are tired of looking at the large icons on your Mac OS X Lion and want to do away with those and replace them with traditional small icons there here is a trick to do so. Although this trick is restricted  to those who have an existing backup of Mac OS X 10.7.1 through Time Machine or otherwise.

You will need a copy of Dock.app from OS X Lion 10.7.1. This will be stored in the Time Machine backup, or is accessible on Macs that haven’t been updated to 10.7.2 yet. After that:

  • Right-click on Dock.app from OS X 10.7.1 and choose “Show Package Contents”
  • Open “Contents” and then open “MacOS”
  • Copy the executable file “Dock” to your Mac OS X desktop

Now you’re going to replace the OS X 10.7.2 Dock executable with the older copy:

    • Hit Command+Shift+G and enter the following path:


    • Locate and right-click on Dock.app and choose “Show Package Contents”
    • Open “Contents” and then open “MacOS”
    • Make a copy of “Dock” and name it “Dock-backup” and place this somewhere you can easily find it
    • Move the 10.7.1 copy of “Dock” executable to this folder, authenticate the change to overwrite the new version with the old
    • Launch the Terminal (/Applications/Utilities/Terminal)
    • Type the following command:

         killall Dock

  • Re-open Launchpad and enjoy the smaller icons

The original Dock file is backed up so you can return to the large Launchpad icon sizes if you want. You’ll need to continue to keep a copy of the 10.7.1 Dock.app for future OS X updates, unless of course Apple provides us manual controls over Launchpad icon size. However, the large icons look best with the motion blur, so if you like to keep it attractive then stick with the huge icons.