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I don't want to have the dock bar auto-hiding/showing, so I have it always enabled. When I maximize a window, two things happen:

  • either it goes fullscreen so it hides the dock
  • or I make it bigger (with any tool like snaptool etc) but it goes behind the dock , so I can't access some parts of windows (like in Chrome pages)

is it possible (is there any app) that makes the dock behave more like a windows taskbar?

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If you try to make a window bigger than the size left by the Dock, by dragging the bottom of a window yourself, you will notice that you can't do it. This is because the Dock already behaves like a Windows Taskbar: you can move windows behind it but not resize windows beyond it.

The problem lies with the tool that you are using to resize the window-it is extending the window more than it should do. Try using a different tool to do the resizing or resize the windows yourself.

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  • months after getting the Mac, I still cannot understand and predict the logic of maximizing/fullscreen windows... :( Sep 2, 2014 at 14:46
  • Actually I checked it again - you're partially right. I use two monitors and the thing is, the Dock appears each time to one monitor depending on the one you're active (I think?) That's where the problem starts.. Sep 3, 2014 at 7:43

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