Yesterday I installed Google Chrome again for ages because I... an instruction Wanted to take screenshots. After installing the latest Chrome version, I noticed that the Launchpad (app overview of the Apple Mac) suddenly had three pages instead of two. And lo and behold: on the third page there were links to Google services such as Gmail, Google Drive, YouTube, documents, presentations and spreadsheets. But how can you delete these Google services from Launchpad? Here you will find the answer to this question!
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Your account's own Applications folder houses Google shortcuts
While looking for a solution, I came across various solutions that showed me that the problem has been occurring for several versions of the Chrome browser. Depending on the operating system on the Apple Mac, there seemed to be different storage locations in the past. In current macOS versions such as Ventura and Sonoma, you can determine the Applications folder of the account you are using.
The path is:
Or in short form:
To get to this folder, you can e.g. For example, open the Finder, open the Macintosh HD, open the Users folder and your account folder and then open the Applications folder.
Or you open the Finder, select “Go to” in the menu bar, then click “Go to folder…” and enter the second path mentioned above, which you then confirm with the Enter key.
Instructions: Delete Google services from Launchpad
Whichever route you choose, you will eventually come to the folder in which the service shortcuts installed with the Chrome browser are located. You can now put all of these in the trash and then empty it. This means that these page references stored as a web app also disappear from the launchpad.
If you don't want to move them individually to the trash, you can also go one folder level higher (~/Applications) and simply delete the entire "Google Apps" folder and then empty the trash. Once this is done, the symbols and any new pages created for them disappear from the Mac's launchpad.
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