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There are way too many app icons on my dock. Is there a way to add drawers of apps on the dock so each drawer contains a list of apps?

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There are a couple of possibilities, but first: which version of OS X are you running? The features I'm thinking of differ between them. – Dan J Feb 27 '12 at 5:53
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While the Dock doesn't have the concept of "folders" for the apps that are pinned to or running in it, as of Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard the Stacks feature can provide something similar.

Dragging the Applications folder from the Finder into the "Stacks section" (right of the white-dashed line) of the Dock will add it as a Stack. You can then click the folder to see something like this:

Applications folder Stack

If you want subsets of your Applications as separate Stacks, you can create folders for each somewhere in your filesystem, and add aliases for the desired applications. (Note that dragging an app from the Applications folder to another folder makes an alias by default. Convenient!)

The results look like this:

Stack from a folder of aliases of selected applications

All this being said, an alternative if you have OS X 10.7 Lion is to use Launchpad to organize and access your apps, keeping the contents of your Dock as minimal as possible.

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I realize this question was asked awhile back, but if someone with a newer OS stumbles upon it, here's another trick you can try.

Add comments or tags to the applications you want to group, making a new Smart Folder in /Applications, and then setting the search criteria to be the comment or tag you chose. Then, save the search, which adds it to your Finder sidebar.

From there, right click on the new Finder sidebar item, and choose 'Add to Dock'. Note that some built-in applications like Safari won't allow you to modify tags or comments. But, that's when you just make an alias and add the tag or comment to it, instead.

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