Remove an Empty Group from Launchpad


Recently I installed XAMPP on my MAC and uninstalled it since what I wanted was MAMP and not XAMP. Anyways, today I noticed that there is an empty group/folder on the Launchpad. I tried uninstalling/delete it by pressing down the Option Key but the folder did not showed an X mark. Basically I tried all the ways listed in the Uninstalling Applications on MAC but none of them worked.

I tried looking for an empty folder in the Applications folder too, did not find anything there too.

So the question was How do I remove an empty folder that cannot be Deleted? Tricky, isn’t it?



Let’s see if we can delete this group that is empty and cannot be deleted.

Below are the steps to get rid of this ominous folder and situation:

  1. Drag any app to the Empty Group
  2. Open the Group and you’ll see the App that you dragged in to it.
  3. Drag the App back to the Launchpad
  4. Boom! the Empty Group will be deleted Automatically.

There it is, simple. I know, It’s only simple if you know the steps else it could be like an earworm, constantly irritating & bugging.


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  2. MAC Address Book
  3. Uninstalling Applications on MAC
  4. Installing Applications on MAC
  5. What is my MAC OS Version
  6. CTRL + ALT + DEL on MAC
  7. Where is my Library Folder on MAC?
  8. MAC Trackpad – Cheatsheet
  9. MAC OS – Tips and Tricks
  10. Reset MAC password using the MAC OS Recovery Tool
  11. Enable Three Finger Drag
  12. Lesser Known Facts about MAC
  13. Lesser Known Facts about MAC Part 2
  14. How do I Right Click on a MAC?
  15. Spotlight Search
  16. Setting up a Screensaver on MAC
  17. Delete Files in your Trash Automatically
  18. Check the Health of your Mac’s Battery
  19. How to get Maximum out of your MAC Battery
  20. When would you need a Battery Replacement?
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When would you need a Battery Replacement?


Every Battery has a life. Your MAC’s battery is no different. The problem is, we don’t know when our Battery is going to die, do we? Wouldn’t it be wonderful if we knew when our MAC’s battery is going to die? Well Today is your LUCKY day.

There is a way to know Approximately how many days/Months is your MAC battery going to last. But before we get into that, Let me explain something about the Batteries.

Every Battery has a Battery Cycle. A Battery Cycle is the process of charging a rechargeable battery and discharging it completely as we use it. In general, number of Battery Cycles for a rechargeable battery indicates how many times it can undergo the process of complete charging and discharging until failure or it starting to lose capacity.

When you use your MAC, it’s battery goes through charge cycles. A charge cycle happens when you use all of the battery’s power, i.e., 0% —but that doesn’t necessarily mean a single charge.

For example, you could use half of your notebook’s charge in one day, and then recharge it fully. If you did the same thing the next day, it would count as one charge cycle, not two. In this way, it might take several days to complete a cycle.

If you know how many charge cycles your battery has and how many are left can help you figure out when your battery needs a replacement. For best performance, replace your battery when you reach its maximum cycle count. 

Now the logical questions are –

  1. How do I find my MAC’s Battery Count?
  2. What is the Maximum Battery Count for my MAC?

Let’s learn How to determine the number of cycles your MAC’s battery has. 🙂

Battery Cycles

Batteries have a limited amount of charge cycles before their performance is expected to diminish. Once the cycle count is reached, a replacement battery is recommended. You can use your battery after it reaches its maximum cycle count, but you might notice a considerable amount of reduction in your battery life.

Follow these steps to access information about your MAC battery, including its cycle count:

Click the Apple  menu & press the Option key then click on System Information.

System Information Window will open, Under the Hardware section, select Power. The current cycle count is listed under the Battery Information section.

As you see my MAC’s Battery Cycle count is at 753 and I’ll be needing a new battery pretty soon.

How soon you ask? Well, this next section is all about that. Every MAC system has a specific Battery Cycle count after which you’ll have to replace the battery with a new one.

Battery Cycle Count limits

Below is a table with a list of all the MACs and their Maximum Cycle Count.

ComputerMax Cycle Count
MacBook
MacBook (Retina, 12-inch, 2017)
MacBook (Retina, 12-inch, Early 2016)
MacBook (Retina, 12-inch, Early 2015)
MacBook (13-inch, Mid 2010)
MacBook (13-inch, Late 2009)
1000
MacBook (13-inch Aluminum, Late 2008)500
MacBook (Mid 2009)
MacBook (Early 2009)
MacBook (Late 2008)
MacBook (Early 2008)
MacBook (Late 2007)
MacBook (Mid 2007)
MacBook (Late 2006)
MacBook (13-inch)
300
MacBook Pro
MacBook Pro (13-inch, 2020, Two Thunderbolt 3 ports)
MacBook Pro (13-inch, 2020, Four Thunderbolt 3 ports)
MacBook Pro (16-inch, 2019)
MacBook Pro (15-inch, 2019)
MacBook Pro (13-inch, 2019, Four Thunderbolt 3 ports)
MacBook Pro (13-inch, 2019, Two Thunderbolt 3 ports)
MacBook Pro (15-inch, 2018)
MacBook Pro (13-inch, 2018, Four Thunderbolt 3 ports)
MacBook Pro (15-inch, 2017)
MacBook Pro (13-inch, 2017, Four Thunderbolt 3 ports)
MacBook Pro (13-inch, 2017, Two Thunderbolt 3 ports)
MacBook Pro (15-inch, 2016)
MacBook Pro (13-inch, 2016, Four Thunderbolt 3 ports)
MacBook Pro (13-inch, 2016, Two Thunderbolt 3 ports)
MacBook Pro (Retina, 13-inch, Early 2015)
MacBook Pro (Retina, 13-inch, Mid 2014)
MacBook Pro (Retina, 13-inch, Late 2013)
MacBook Pro (Retina, 13-inch, Early 2013)
MacBook Pro (Retina, 13-inch, Late 2012)
MacBook Pro (13-inch, Mid 2012)
MacBook Pro (13-inch, Late 2011)
MacBook Pro (13-inch, Early 2011)
MacBook Pro (13-inch, Mid 2010)
MacBook Pro (13-inch, Mid 2009)
MacBook Pro (Retina, 15-inch, Mid 2015)
MacBook Pro (Retina, 15-inch, Mid 2014)
MacBook Pro (Retina, 15-inch, Late 2013)
MacBook Pro (Retina, 15-inch, Early 2013)
MacBook Pro (Retina, Mid 2012)
MacBook Pro (15-inch, Mid 2012)
MacBook Pro (15-inch, Late 2011)
MacBook Pro (15-inch, Early 2011)
MacBook Pro (15-inch, Mid 2010)
MacBook Pro (15-inch, 2.53 GHz, Mid 2009)
MacBook Pro (15-inch Mid 2009)
MacBook Pro (17-inch, Late 2011)
MacBook Pro (17-inch, Early 2011)
MacBook Pro (17-inch, Mid 2010)
MacBook Pro (17-inch, Mid 2009)
MacBook Pro (17-inch, Early 2009)
1000
MacBook Pro (15-inch Late 2008)500
MacBook Pro (15-inch, Early 2008)
MacBook Pro (15-inch, 2.4/2.2GHz)
MacBook Pro (15-inch, Core 2 Duo)
MacBook Pro (15-inch Glossy)
MacBook Pro (15-inch)
MacBook Pro (17-inch, Late 2008)
MacBook Pro (17-inch, Early 2008)
MacBook Pro (17-inch, 2.4GHz)
MacBook Pro (17-inch Core 2 Duo)
MacBook Pro (17-inch)
300
MacBook Air
MacBook Air (Retina, 13-inch, 2020)
MacBook Air (Retina, 13-inch, 2019)
MacBook Air (Retina, 13-inch, 2018)
MacBook Air (13-inch, 2017)
MacBook Air (11-inch, Early 2015)
MacBook Air (11-inch, Early 2014)
MacBook Air (11-inch, Mid 2013)
MacBook Air (11-inch, Mid 2012)
MacBook Air (11-inch, Mid 2011)
MacBook Air (11-inch, Late 2010)
MacBook Air (13-inch, Early 2015)
MacBook Air (13-inch, Early 2014)
MacBook Air (13-inch, Mid 2013)
MacBook Air (13-inch, Mid 2012)
MacBook Air (13-inch, Mid 2011)
MacBook Air (13-inch, Late 2010)
1000
MacBook Air (Mid 2009)500
MacBook Air (Late 2008)
MacBook Air
300
Source: Apple.com

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  3. Uninstalling Applications on MAC
  4. Installing Applications on MAC
  5. What is my MAC OS Version
  6. CTRL + ALT + DEL on MAC
  7. Where is my Library Folder on MAC?
  8. MAC Trackpad – Cheatsheet
  9. MAC OS – Tips and Tricks
  10. Reset MAC password using the MAC OS Recovery Tool
  11. Enable Three Finger Drag
  12. Lesser Known Facts about MAC
  13. Lesser Known Facts about MAC Part 2
  14. How do I Right Click on a MAC?
  15. Spotlight Search
  16. Setting up a Screensaver on MAC
  17. Delete Files in your Trash Automatically
  18. Check the Health of your Mac’s Battery
  19. How to get Maximum out of your MAC Battery

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How to get Maximum out of your MAC Battery


Here are some tips to help you get the Maximum out of your MAC battery. Just some simple steps but highly effective.

Always Keep your MAC updated to the latest OS

Always make sure your MAC is updated to the latest version of OS. If you’re connected to the Internet, MAC OS automatically checks for software updates every week, but you still control when the updates are installed. So, make sure it up-to-date

Optimize your Settings

Energy: The Energy Saver preference pane includes several settings that determine power levels for your MacBook. Your MacBook knows when it’s plugged in and runs accordingly. When using battery power, it dims the screen and uses other components sparingly. If you change this setting to maximize performance, your battery will drain more quickly.

Press the  > System Preferences > Energy Saver.

Brightness. Dim the screen to the lowest comfortable level to achieve maximum battery life. To control the Screen brightness quickly use the Function Keys F1(Low) & F2(High).

If you are using Macbook Pro then I’d recommend to dim the Lights on your backlit keyboard as well – Function keys F5 & F6

Wi-Fi: Wi-Fi consumes power, even if you are not using it to connect to a network. When you are not using the WiFi connection, turn it off.

Applications and Peripherals: Disconnect peripherals and quit applications not in use. Eject an SD card if you’re not currently using it.

Plug in and power on your MacBook to charge other devices

While charging other devices via USB, make sure to keep your MAC plugged in and powered on. Otherwise those devices may drain the battery in your MacBook faster than normal.

Follow these steps and you’ll see a considerable jump in your MAC’s Battery Life. I noticed at least 25% bump in my MAC’s battery life.


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  2. MAC Address Book
  3. Uninstalling Applications on MAC
  4. Installing Applications on MAC
  5. What is my MAC OS Version
  6. CTRL + ALT + DEL on MAC
  7. Where is my Library Folder on MAC?
  8. MAC Trackpad – Cheatsheet
  9. MAC OS – Tips and Tricks
  10. Reset MAC password using the MAC OS Recovery Tool
  11. Enable Three Finger Drag
  12. Lesser Known Facts about MAC
  13. Lesser Known Facts about MAC Part 2
  14. How do I Right Click on a MAC?
  15. Spotlight Search
  16. Setting up a Screensaver on MAC
  17. Delete Files in your Trash Automatically
  18. Check the Health of your Mac’s Battery

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Check the Health of your MAC Battery


Your MAC’s Battery is draining faster than normal? Worried that the battery could be Worn Out? Well, there is a way to see if your MAC’s Battery is working fine or if it has some issues.

The official way to check if your Battery has some issues or if it is working fine is to Hold down the Option key and click the battery icon in the menu bar of your Mac.You will see one of the following conditions:

  • Normal: The battery is functioning normally.
  • Replace Soon: The battery is functioning normally but holds less charge than it did when it was new.
  • Replace Now: The battery is functioning normally but holds significantly less charge than it could when it was new. You can continue to use your battery until you replace it without harming your Mac.
  • Service Battery: Your battery is not functioning normally; you should have your Mac serviced. Take your Mac to your local Apple Store or contact AppleCare.

If it shows Normal, which I suspect it will, then you don’t have to worry about it. Just check what’s the total time it takes to completely drain the battery.


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  2. MAC Address Book
  3. Uninstalling Applications on MAC
  4. Installing Applications on MAC
  5. What is my MAC OS Version
  6. CTRL + ALT + DEL on MAC
  7. Where is my Library Folder on MAC?
  8. MAC Trackpad – Cheatsheet
  9. MAC OS – Tips and Tricks
  10. Reset MAC password using the MAC OS Recovery Tool
  11. Enable Three Finger Drag
  12. Lesser Known Facts about MAC
  13. Lesser Known Facts about MAC Part 2
  14. How do I Right Click on a MAC?
  15. Spotlight Search
  16. Setting up a Screensaver on MAC
  17. Delete Files in your Trash Automatically

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Auto Delete Files in your Trash


So you have been getting the popups lately, huh!

This is very annoying when you already know the reason and solution for this. Which is Empty your Trash regularly.

What if I told you that you won’t have to manually empty your trash from this day forward? Yes, that’s possible. MAC can do it for you.

Well, there is a feature that enables your MAC to empty the Trash every 30 days AUTOMATICALLY! Wonderful, isn’t it! But the catch is that this feature is disabled by Default and has to be enabled, and you have to know how to enable it. Let’s get to it.

How to automatically empty Trash on my MAC

The first thing you need to do is open the Finder App. Look for the following icon on your Dock or search using the Spotlight Search.

Once the Finder App is open click on the Finder Menu from the Top Menu

Click on the Preferences from the Dropdown menu or Press Command (⌘) + Comma to open the Finder’s Preferences Window

On the Finder’s Preferences window click on the Advanced Tab

On the Advanced Tab you’ll notice a Checkbox option “Remove items from the Trash after 30 days“. Check it.

This option is Disabled by default. Once enabled, you won’t have to worry about Deleting files from your Trash ever again. Your MAC will empty the Trash every 30 days Automatically.

Just few clicks and you are set for life. No wore bugging popups about clearing your disk to have more space.

Enjoy!


The Mac ways series blogs

  1. The Mac Ways
  2. MAC Address Book
  3. Uninstalling Applications on MAC
  4. Installing Applications on MAC
  5. What is my MAC OS Version
  6. CTRL + ALT + DEL on MAC
  7. Where is my Library Folder on MAC?
  8. MAC Trackpad – Cheatsheet
  9. MAC OS – Tips and Tricks
  10. Reset MAC password using the MAC OS Recovery Tool
  11. Enable Three Finger Drag
  12. Lesser Known Facts about MAC
  13. Lesser Known Facts about MAC Part 2
  14. How do I Right Click on a MAC?
  15. Spotlight Search
  16. Setting up a Screensaver on MAC

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