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I am currently running OS X 10.7.2 on a MacBook Air. As a quick note, while this program was installed through Steam, I don't think it's a Steam issue.

Background: Through Steam, I recently downloaded the Team Fortress 2 Beta to this Mac and then removed it via Steam's "Delete Local Game Content." This has left the "Team Fortress 2 Beta" icon stuck on the Launchpad, and I cannot remove it.

All of the typical methods for removing an icon have not worked (i.e., dragging to trash, Control+Option+Command+Left-Click, holding down left-click over the icon until icons start shaking, et cetera). I have uninstalled Steam (dragging icon in "Application" folder to trash) and removed all game content (deleted associated Steam directory in "Application Support") and that has not deleted the icon.

I have deleted the "Application Support" folder to try and force the Launchpad to reset itself; it did reset, but the icon remained there. There is also not an icon in the Application folder for the game. Clicking on the icon in the Launchpad does nothing, now that Steam is removed.

How do I remove this orphan icon from the Launchpad?

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While in Launchpad hold down Ctrl+ then click on the icon you wish to delete until a question mark appears over the icon. Drag to the trash. Empty Trash.

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This worked for me, but only after a reboot (on 10.9.1) –  Lübnah Feb 21 at 18:38
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Search for "Team Fortress 2" in Spotlight, hold down ⌃⌥⌘, and left click "Team Fortress 2" beside "Top Hit".

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The same thing happened to me and I finally got it out of Launchpad and in the trash bin. You have to go to Finder > Macintosh HD (or whatever hard drive you have) > Users > your username > applications and it should be there. For some reason this application folder is different then the standard and thats where mine was put. Hope this helps.

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How about just holding control and left clicking (or right clicking) on the icon and saying "Remove from Dock"?

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Unfortunately, no. Holding down control, command, option or any permutation thereof and then clicking either does nothing, or attempts to open the program. –  Chance Dec 29 '11 at 21:14
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Had the same problem. Drag the icon from launchpad to the dock. Then right click the icon you just dragged to the dock and select show in finder. Delete the Icon in finder and then remove it from the dock. The icon should no longer be in launchpad.

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