The special transparent bar (usually at the bottom) of a Macintosh's desktop which houses applications, stacks, and the trashcan.

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Change Dock color on left/right site in OS X 10.9 Mavericks

New in OS X Mavericks, when using the famous dock on the left or right site: It has a white background now. It makes it hard to see the icons and the design is awful. Does anyone know how to change ...
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How can I make auto-hide/show for the dock faster?

I really like the auto-hide feature of the dock in Mac OS X. However, the animation for the dock to reappear is just a bit too slow for me. Since this is quite annoying, I disable the feature. Is ...
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How can I remove the Finder icon from my Dock?

I've started using Forklift as a Finder replacement, so I don't need Finder in my Dock. In fact, I would much rather have Forklift be the farthest left icon so I don't accidentally click on Finder. ...
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Avoid showing hidden applications in the cmd+tab navigation menu

I recently switched to OS X Mountain Lion. I have applications like Skype and Pidgin which start at login and are hidden, but when I have more applications running and I do ⌘ cmd + ⇥ Tab to switch ...
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Only show active windows in the current space in Mac OSX when pressing CMD-Tab

I'm new to Mac and have the following wish: I would like to have one instance of an application (app1) on space1 and another application (app2) on space2. When I pres press CMD-Tab I see every open ...
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Is there a way to completely disable Dock?

I want the Dock completely gone. I haven't used it in the past three releases of OS X (10.5 to present). I want it completely gone, and LaunchBar there instead. Is there a way to kill the Dock so ...
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Is it possible to remove the Dock in Lion?

Is there a defaults write command to remove the dock in Lion. I tried the steps mentioned but that does not seem to work on Lion. I can still see the dock. Are there hidden defaults that can make the ...
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How can I open a Finder window in Desktop without switching to another one?

I have these five desktops with a dozen of full screen apps and feel very happy. Say I'm at right Desktop 5 now. (Sadly my picture is deleted since it wasn't uploaded to the site hosting service) ...
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Dock Intellihide

Is there any way to get the dock to use "intellihide" (this is a carry over from various docks in the linux world). Basically that means that the dock is always visible if no windows are in its space, ...
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With multiple displays: how best to keep the Dock to one side, and on the same display as the menu bar?

I currently have the Dock to the left. In the Displays pane of System Preferences, I have the external display (if present) configured to be on the left side of the main built-in display; and the ...
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Dock on MBP Retina is using 80% CPU

The Dock on my MBP Retina is constantly using 70 - 80% of CPU. This happens on the two account on the machine, both of which were migrated from my previous Lion MBP. I don't have Parallels ...
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How can I disable the delay + minimum distance when deleting icons from the Dock by dragging in Mountain Lion?

As you all know, Dock icons can be removed by simply clicking them and dragging them out of the Dock. As soon as the “poof” animation appears, you can release the mouse button to remove the icon. ...
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iTunes track notifications for Mountain Lion

In OS X Lion there was the preference (via a Terminal command) to enable iTunes track notifications that were displayed as a popup in the dock. So far it seems as though Mountain Lion does not allow ...
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Can an app window be minimized by clicking its Dock Icon?

Something that bothers me as Windows User on OSX that I can't minimize an App Window by clicking the Dock Icon of the application. Is there a hidden setting for enabling this behavior or an utility ...
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Badge count for number of items in a folder on the Dock?

After clearing hundreds of items out of my Downloads folder, I'm eager not to repeat the process. Anyone know of a plugin/app/hack that will let me badge a folder in the Dock with the current number ...
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Can iOS 7 folders and dock be skinned to be totally black?

I've just upgraded to iOS 7 on an iPhone 4S. I prefer a completely black wallpaper, but I noticed that making it so will turn the backgrounds of folders and the dock grey. I am looking for a ...
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App behavior with spaces and minimized window

I would like to change the behavior when I click on an app that's not open on the current space. Right now, it goes to whichever space has that app. Instead, I'd like it to favor the current space, ...
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Is there a simple way to have separate dock icons for different Chrome Profiles?

I am using Google Chrome version 22 on OS X 10.8. I use separate user profiles (created using the native Chrome facility in Settings->Users) for my "regular" web browsing, and the web development ...
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How can I hide the unread counter from Outlook 2011 Dock icon?

I find the unread counter on Microsoft Outlook 2011 for Mac distracting. Whenever it's there I feel the need to click on it. How can I hide the unread count? Mail.app provides an option to disable ...
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Keyboard shortcut for launching Apps in Dock

At Windows 7, Win + 1,2,3..9 launches the first, second etc App in taskbar. Is there a similar keyboard shortcut in OSX in order to launch Apps that are in the Dock?
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I wish I could get a new Finder window launched if I double-click the Finder icon in the dock. Is this possible?

I wish I could get a new Finder window launched if I double-click the Finder icon in the dock. I'm not sure if this would be possible with an Automator script, or if I would have to try to program ...
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Can't get rid of incomplete download bar underneath dock icon

My Downloads folder in my dock has been showing a download/progress bar at 50% since yesterday. There aren't any half-complete files in my Download folder, Google Chrome isn't awaiting any action to ...
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Is it possible to display a Smart Folder as a stack in the Dock?

I'd like to have my recent files at hand from my dock, preferably via a 'stack'. I have already created a Smart Folder containing all my files that have been opened in the last 3 days and added it to ...
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Hide a running app from Dock?

Is there a way I can hide a running app's dock icon Mac OS X?
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Dock Folder Stack - I want ascending order

Before I upgraded to OS X Lion, when I click a stack, it would show the very top. Now, it shows the very bottom of the menu meaning you would see the "Open in Finder" option after you click it. Now, I ...
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Disable Dock Shadow in Mavericks

Am I the only one, or is there anyone else who finds that shadow ontop of a nearby window annoying?
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What setting causes OS X to let you resize windows behind the dock?

I've set up my fair share of Macs over the years, but I've never been able to pinpoint what setting tells OS X that you're ok with being able to drag-resize a window vertically so that it goes behind ...
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How to remove dock shelf from Mavericks?

I installed OS X Mavericks, and the dock shelf has returned despite the hidden option to remove it from previous OS X upgrades. I've tried all the third party dock utility applications like Docker, ...
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Can I adjust the time delay for when the dock re-appears?

I like to hide the dock unless I need it. There is a slight delay before it will reappear. Is there a Terminal setting I can change so that the dock will instantly appear when I move my mouse to the ...
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Dock on Lion using lots of cpu and RAM

For some reason Dock process is using a lot of cpu and RAM ( 4GB+ at this moment ) as you can see on this image: I tried to: Kill the process Restart Mac OS Remove com.apple.Dock.plist/db and kill ...
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How can I change the OS X Lion Glossy Dock Notifications/Badges?

Is there a way to change the little glossy dock notification icons that have been changed from their pleasant form pre Lion to a glossy style badge like iOS? An example would be the incremented ...
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How to add e.g. Chrome permanently to Guest account's dock?

When I log in as "Guest", the dock looks like this: Any changes made to the dock are lost upon logout, when the guest user's home directory gets deleted. How can I change the default dock ...
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How to open a specific pane in system preferences from dock?

When I add the system preferences to the dock and click it, it opens in the common view. How can I open a specific pane at once from the dock?
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How to get the Dock to open the Documents and Download folder in Finder?

When I click on the Documents or Downloads folder in the Dock, a Grid comes up. Is there a way to get it to just open in the Finder? Instead of having to click on Documents and then click on Open in ...
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Shortcut for opening applications stack on dock bar

Is there any keyboard shortcut to open applications stack on dock bar? The idea is I want to be able to open any app without using mouse.
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How to make clicking on icon in dock == open new instance

I have several applications in my dock that can have multiple instances open (eg. Chrome, iTerm, Sublime, etc.) When I click on one of the icons, I want a new window to open (this is what happens if ...
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Using an Apple Keyboard Dock as a keyboard for a computer?

Is it possible to use an Apple Keyboard Dock as a keyboard for a computer, rather than an iDevice? As I can, obviously, connect it to a computer via USB, I think it'd be great if I could as I love ...
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Is it possible to hide the dock on a per-application basis?

There's an app or two that I'd like to run fullscreen on my Mac. However, hiding the dock manually and unhiding it when I'm done gets tedious. I know there must be a way to get an application to hide ...
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convert 30 pin docks for lightning devices

I recently upgraded from an Iphone 4 to a 5s. I have 4 different docks that worked with all my previous Iphones and Ipods - I just swapped out a cheap plastic holder around the connector that could ...
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Alternatives To Apple Dock - Taskbar

Context: I am working with an older relative who has been on windows for many years. She has a difficult/poor memory when it comes to computers. She could easily link open applications ...
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Is there a way to cancel or disable the slow dock transition easter eggs?

If you shift-click the minimize button or hold shift while restoring a window, you get the slow-motion genie or scale effect. Is there a way to resume full speed after an accidental shift-click? Is ...
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Icons for Facetime and the App Store keep re-appearing in my dock after a restart. How can I get rid of them?

I’m running Mac OS X 10.6.8. I like my dock to contain only running apps, so I’ve removed all other icons from there (by clicking and dragging them out of the dock). However, every time I restart my ...
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Low-resolution icons displayed in Dock and Launchpad

Since about a week I have some icons in the Dock and in the Launchpad (e.g.: AppStore, Mission Control) with low-res icons. However if I start the app (in this case App Store), the correct ...
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Tool or trick to require doubleclicking to launch apps from dock?

Is there a way to make it so that launching an app from the dock requires a double click instead of a single click? I find myself accidentally launching apps and then needing to force-quit them. ...
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Chrome putting itself in the Dock whenever it wants.

So I have Google Chrome installed on my Mac & randomly it will put itself in my dock, where it normally doesn't reside. It is usually about every two weeks or so, but sometimes its within a few ...
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How to fix “com.apple.dock.extra: … Could not connect the action buttonPressed: to target of class NSApplication” in system.log

On a recently installed (from internet via Recovery Disk) 10.7.4 Lion system the system.log is filled with multiple "com.apple.dock.extra: ... Could not connect the action buttonPressed: to target of ...
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How can I group applications?

My Applications folder is getting pretty full and I'm starting to lose track of applications. I want to organize them in groups, but I've read that some applications don't properly handle being put ...
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Is there a good replacement for the Dock?

What are the best dock replacements? It's frustrating to keep track of windows in the dock unless they're minimized. For instance, I often have 10-15 separate PDF documents open. It's ...
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Applications gone from Dock. How to restore?

Somehow the Applications icon is gone from my Dock. However I can't just drag the Applications folder (from Finder) into the Dock. How else can I restore it? Is there a config file somewhere for the ...
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iOS Stacks or equivalent functionality

Fairly simple question, is there a way, either through existing functionality or by jail breaking that you can add Stacks to the iOS dock. EDIT: There are three different formats in the way that ...