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This might seem redundant, but I've found it helpful because it places an app menu at both ends of the MacOS Dock, which means you can access your installed apps from either the left or right side of the display for a more efficient workflow.
The feature is built into MacOS but isn't enabled by default. I'm going to show you how to add this app launcher to the MacOS dock.
How to add a quick-access app launcher to the MacOS dock
Adding this menu to the Dock is a rather hidden affair. You won't find it in System Preferences or the Dock Settings. In fact, I happened upon it rather by accident and I'm glad I did because I prefer to use this method of launching apps over Launchpad.
How do you add it? It's quite simple (once you know how).
The only thing you'll need for this is a MacOS device like a MacBook Pro with an updated version of the operating system. I will be demonstrating with MacOS Ventura (v13.0). That's it. Let's get this menu added to the Dock.
1. Open Finder
The first thing to do is open Finder, which can be done from the MacOS Dock.
2. Locate the Applications entry
In the left sidebar, you should see the Applications entry. If you click that entry, it will reveal all of your installed applications within Finder. Conveniently, you can launch any application from there.
If you two-finger tap (or right-click if you use a mouse) the Applications entry in the left sidebar, a new menu will appear. From that popup menu, click Add to Dock and the new Application Menu will appear on the right side of the MacOS Dock.
4. Launch an app from the new menu
Click the new App Launcher Menu to reveal all of your installed applications. Click any one of those launchers to open the app you want to use.
And that's all there is to adding yet another method of opening applications in MacOS. Give this App Launcher a try and see if it doesn't either become your go-to app launcher or just a means of supplementing Launchpad. Either way, this trick should come in handy.