This one took me awhile to discover, but you can show the Dock while in Lion's new full-screen mode:

Place your cursor to the side where you currently store your Dock (right, left, or bottom), so that it's sitting on the last pixel of that edge. Then lift your finger and push towards the edge again, holding it in the push. Voilà, the Dock appears.

Small thing, but I found this particular interface just brilliant. It prevents the Dock showing up accidentally, which could be a common problem in full-screen mode, given that, well, we're using the entire screen all the way up to that edge that normally triggers the Dock.

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    It's fine to answer your own question, but you should ask as if you don't know the answer and then post the answer as an answer (phew). Thanks. Jul 31, 2011 at 18:09

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The answer you posted in the question (unorthodox, yes) is correct: you have to move the mouse toward the edge of the screen in a separate motion.

But also, note that you don't have to lift your finger. You can just move the mouse to the edge of the screen, pause, and give it a little extra nudge.

  • Actually, this doesn't reliably work for me after all.
    – orome
    Dec 2, 2013 at 17:58
  • I've found a method that works for me every time.
    – orome
    Dec 2, 2013 at 18:14

In order to get the Dock to appear for full-screen app, rest (don't click) your finger on the mouse anywhere on the screen, while swiping to the bottom of the screen. The Dock will then appear immediately when you hit bottom.

Note that none of the other methods described here work reliably for me, but this one does every time.

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