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Launcher category buttons

I'm trying to set up category buttons in the standard Launcher (OS J1-9.2.2). Following the instructions I found at Step 3 in http://www.cbtcafe.com/mactutorials/launcher/launcher.html, but I get no buttons in the Launcher, just folders with bullets in their names. Any guesses what I'm doing wrong?

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Seems (to me) like you're describing the contents of the "Launcher Items" folder & not the Launcher itself.

Are the keystrokes used in creating a bullet (using a Japanese system), "Option" + "8"?

Have you tried simply dragging a folder into the Launcher window (& not the Launcher Items folder)?

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[Reworked]: I think I know where you've been going wrong: For your categories, you've been using aliases to folders in the Launcher Items folder and giving those, bullet names.

What you should do, to have categories to show up as clickable name buttons at the top of the Launcher window is; Create new folders in the "Launcher Items" folder with the names of the categories you wish to see, using names beginning with a "bullet" character. These will now show up as separate, click-able item names at the top of the Launcher window. You can then add or remove items (aliases, files, folders, etc) directly into those categories, in the Launcher window on the Desktop, as you wish.

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Saw the above suggestion after I made my previous post. Will give it a try before I give up on Launcher.

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I tried this, but the result is the same.

I think the tabbed category folders idea is going to work better than Launcher for me.

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No, I'm talking about the Launcher itself, though since the bulleted folders are displayed in the Launcher (as well as the Launcher Items folder) as just folders (and not the hoped-for category buttons), the Launcher and the Launcher Items folder look almost the same.

Yes, I'm entering the bullet with the keystroke Option+8 (though I'm using a Windows keyboard, so I'm actually pressing Alt instead of Option). Entering bullets works the same in both English and Japanese input modes.

I tried creating a bullet-named folder on my desktop and dropping it into the Launcher, but the result was the same as when I created bullet-named folders in the Launcher Items folder.

I also experimented with a couple abandonware launchers that I found here in the Garden, Square One and X-Launch, but was disappointed that neither one handles categories like I want.

I think I'm going to try a suggestion I read somewhere (is it your idea, MikeTomTom? I can't find the original reference) to create Finder folders for each program category, make aliases for the relevant programs, put the aliases in the category folders, then keep the category folders as tabs by moving the folders to the bottom edge of the screen (what are tabbed folders like that called?) instead of using the Launcher.

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Not my suggestion, but yes you could try that. I find it very peculiar that you cannot use the Launcher effectively. Its not the 1st instance of something "out of sorts" with the system on your Cube, either...

You could also look at "A-Dock" if you haven't already...

A pity about the Launcher tho'.

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You could also look at "A-Dock" if you haven't already...

DragThing looks quite good (in a Launcher-ish) sort of way.

Regarding the Launcher in your Control Panels folder. Is it locked? I know that it easily became corrupted if it was unlocked. Later OS installers, installed the Launcher locked, so yours should be locked by default, but if it isn't...

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(what are tabbed folders like that called?)

I gather they are called "popup windows". (http://www.cbtcafe.com/mactutorials/popupwindows/popupwindows.html)