Now that you’re able to rearrange apps shortcuts in the Applications grid (one of many new GNOME 3.38 features) you might be wondering what happens when you want to ‘undo’ changes and reset apps back to their original positions.

In this post I show you how to reset the app picker layout in Ubuntu 20.10. It is quick and easy to do using a single command. When you run it all app shortcuts (and any app folders that you have created) fall into alphabetical order, A to Z, top to bottom.

The command you need to run to reset the app picker is:

gsettings reset org.gnome.shell app-picker-layout 

For the change to take effect you will need to log out of your current session and log back in. Alternatively, if you’re comfortable with doing so, you can restart GNOME Shell by calling up the alt + f2 prompt and running the r command.

A few things to note.

The app-picker-layout command command resets all ungrouped application shortcuts back to their original alphabetical order. It does not “ungroup” apps that have been put into custom folders (but it does move apps folders to their respective position alphabetically, e.g., a folder named “Office” is put near other apps beginning with the letter ‘o’).

You can remove apps from folders and drop them back in main grid (when you drag the final item out of an app folder the folder is deleted) and then run the reset command again.

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