Add Top-Level Categories to the Launchpad (Macintosh Operating System)


Updated: October 4, 2012

Applies To: Windows Server 2012 Essentials, Windows Server 2012 R2 Essentials

You can add top-level categories to the Launchpad on a computer running the Macintosh operating system. To create a Launchpad add-in that adds top-level categories, you can use a combination of information from this page and from the topic titled “How-to: Add Tasks and Categories to the Launchpad” in the Windows Server Solutions SDK.

The following example shows how you can specify your Launchpad entry to be a top-level category in the .launchpad file:

<?xml version="1.0" encoding="utf-8" ?>  
<LaunchPad resFile="Localizable">  
   <Category id="Microsoft.Launchpad.HomeCategory" name="SampleAddin"  image="SampleImage01.png">  
      <Task id="Microsoft.Launchpad.SampleAddin.Pictures"   

For the entry to be a top-level category, the Id attribute of the Category element must be "Microsoft.Launchpad.HomeCategory".

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