While my dock "auto-hide" is enabled when, in full-screen app, if I put the pointer to the very bottom, the dock won't show up. Unless, and this might be a bug, I move my mouse horizontally and it reaches and already opened app. Sounds weird but I don't understand

  • It isn't supposed to. Commented Nov 30, 2014 at 0:41

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I was a bit stumped by this, but actually I think there is an explicit procedure.

When in full-screen mode, move the cursor to the bottom of the screen; then drag down with one finger. The dock will then appear.

It appears it doesn't matter where you do this (which application icon you happen to hovering over) as far as I can see.

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    More specifically, with a trackpad it looks like what counts is holding the finger down a bit longer. i.e. quickly dragging down a thousands times does nothing but moving it down slowly and holding the finger there does it.
    – fregante
    Commented Jan 31, 2016 at 22:30
  • Just move the mouse pointer to the bottom of the screen little slower than you move normally (where dock is hidden) to make it appear while in fullscreen. Or move mouse pointer to the bottom, and wait for a while until dock appears while holding the mouse.
    – Vishal
    Commented May 7, 2016 at 9:42

It has to be also with the speed you use. If you move the mouse slower, when it reaches the bottom the dock will show up. I think is intentional, but I don't like it.


I was having this problem too. I tried moving the mouse down to the bottom of the screen and then pulling down again and that worked. Don't ask me why it has to be this complicated, I think its a bug. Hope This is Helpful

  • I think it's intentional. It's not complicated, you simply need to move the mouse further down when it's at the bottom of the screen. I don't think it's unnatural for the Dock to behave differently in fullscreen.
    – oarfish
    Commented Aug 9, 2015 at 7:33
  • as bfred.it says above, just hold your finger on the trackpad a split second after your cursor moves to the bottom. No need for a separate gesture.
    – xaxxon
    Commented Feb 3, 2016 at 2:34

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