I use my dock without any applications ever kept in Dock. Only applications that are open are in the Dock.

When I move an application within the Dock, OS X thinks I want it kept in the Dock.

Does anyone know how to disable this 'keep in Dock on move' feature?

  • move an application around… where?
    – Tetsujin
    Apr 4, 2015 at 12:45
  • Within the Dock.
    – dan
    Apr 4, 2015 at 12:57
  • Yes within the dock. This had been bugging me for a long time because I didn't know why apps seemed to randomly kept in dock. I recently read about the 'keep in dock on move' feature while searching for a fix. Apr 4, 2015 at 14:52
  • Here is a link to the informing article that I read: How can I disable the random/auto keeping of apps in the Dock? Apr 4, 2015 at 15:36

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To the best of my knowledge this is expected behavior. The dock has been doing that (probably) since the 10.0 public beta.

Unfortunately I have seen nothing online, either in App form or a shell or applescript, that would prevent this from happening. Perhaps someone else has run across something that would do this.

  • I understand that it is an expected feature but how do we disable it? I remember finding a script that would disable 'Keep in Dock' completely but then you couldn't move apps around within the dock. Apr 4, 2015 at 15:46

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