stuck progress bar below LaunchPad icon

I had this issue for a while on my MacBook Air where there would constantly be a progress bar below the LaunchPad icon. Typically, this progress bar means something is downloading, but after checking, I couldn’t find anything being installed on my Mac, so I figured the problem had to be deeper than that. In this post, I will share with you a few things you can try if you are facing the same issue.

Check for paused or stalled downloads

First thing you should check is making sure you didn’t accidentally pause any download in the LaunchPad. To do so, click on the LaunchPad icon and browse through your app icons. If you see one marked as paused, then click on it to resume downloading. If this is the source of your progress bar constantly showing under the LaunchPad icon, that should fix the issue.

Another related issue might be a stalled download. To verify this, launch the Mac App Store and see if there is any update available. If so, update all your apps. If not, it might be a good idea to log out and log in again to clear any kind of cache-related issue.

Remove the LaunchPad icon from your Dock

Another potential solution would be to remove the LaunchPad icon from your Dock. To do so, just click and hold on the icon, and just drag it out of the Dock. Once you’ve done that, you can add the icon again by going to the Applications folder and drag and dropping LaunchPad back in the Dock.

Reset LaunchPad via Terminal

If none of that has worked, your final option will be to reset LaunchPad with a simple Terminal command. Open up Terminal and type or copy/paste the following command:

defaults write ResetLaunchPad -bool true; killall Dock

Hopefully, one of these solutions will fix your problem. In my case, resetting LaunchPad did the trick.

  • Bugs Bunnay


    • rockdude094

      Enough With the gate man

      • Bugs Bunnay

        you may have the case of the enough-gate!

  • Javier Lopez

    This happens to my downloads folder on my dock sometimes and it annoys the living crap out of me.

    To fix it I just reboot.

    • Joostiphone

      I just drag the icon a little bit. Works for me.

    • Hate when that happens 😀

  • Ducky

    Happens in Finder too, when I copy something, the status bar says it’s nearly complete when it has been complete for ages.

  • rockdude094

    The precision of Mac OS has been declining for quiet a while now despite their massive profit gains

  • Scott

    Downloads folder for me, and reboots don’t help.

    • Try to move the download folder in your dock to another position and back. If that does not help you’ll have to remove it from the dock and add it again.

      Always solves it for me

  • DrSteveCarr

    THANK YOU! this worked:

    defaults write ResetLaunchPad -bool true; killall Dock

    how the heck would I have come up with that on my own? 🙂

  • Curi0sityC0w

    Last one did the trick! Thanks IDB! 😀

  • Mustafa Akkuzu

    Thank you. Resetting solved in my case.

  • hypnosis121

    This worked for me! Many thanks…

  • CWalois

    I wish there was some kind of warning that the last option, using “defaults write”, would actually reset my Launchpad layout. I spent a long time organizing those icons… it would have taken far less time to just restart the computer.

    • Richard Bicker

      I was just thinking about you, CW. You been in hiding? Matt’s let the place go to seed in your absence. You got a whole bunch of work to do here, chum, and no-one to help you…